MORE than 1,000 people came to Clacks as the annual Alloa Cask Ale and Cider Festival returned to the town hall for the 28th time.

Organised by the Forth Valley branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) group, the event took place over Friday and Saturday, October 25-26.

Around 50 ales and ciders were available right on tap, visitors taking the chance to try drinks they do not usually find at their regular pubs in third, half and full pints.

The atmosphere was buzzing with many lively conversations taking place and both days saw live entertainment with bands Grand Slam and the Blind Lemon Gators taking to the stage.

Something different this year was the inclusion of a gin, wine and Prosecco bar while hot food was also on offer.

The event, which was sponsored by the local Harviestoun Brewery as well as Black Wolf Brewery, also saw the judging for the Champion Stout of Scotland.

Fallen Brewing’s Chew Chew, a salted caramel milk stout, brewed with dark Belgian Candi Syrup, came out on top in a close to unanimous decision and will be travelling down south to take part in the UK-wide finals.

This particular stout is said to be very popular among local CAMRA members, many of whom volunteered at the event and received thanks from branch chair Ian Young.

The festival was hailed a success with visitor numbers exceeding expectations.

The local CAMRA branch also runs an annual festival in Larbert.

Its 12th incarnation will be held at the Dobbie Hall in April next year while the 2020 Alloa event will take place on October 23-24.

For their hard work and dedication, the Ochils Mountain Rescue Team (OMRT) was the chosen charity of the festival.