The Echo checks out pictures from the first beer festival of its kind in Poole.

A quarter of a century ago, the inaugural Real Ale Oktoberfest took place.

Fun flowed, as did the beer, when enthusiasts sampled traditional brews from around the country.

There was a roaring trade in lesser-known brews such as Skull Splitter from the Orkney Islands and Moorhouse’s Pendle Witches Brew.

Bournemouth Echo:

The two-day festival was organised by members of East Dorset Campaign for Real Ale.

Proceeds from the event were donated to the Daily Echo and Advertiser-backed Ladybird Appeal which helped raise £1.3 million for a breast cancer unit at Poole Hospital.

Bournemouth Echo:

Brewing in Dorset dates back hundreds of years and one of the oldest companies, Hall and Woodhouse, which began in 1777, helped sponsor the event.