COMMUNITIES across Manchester will enjoy a series of special celebrations this month which will help mark the 25th anniversary of a popular Irish pub chain.
The Levenshulme Pub Company opened its first venue in 1989 – the 860 capacity Palace Nightclub - in the south Manchester village.
Over the years the firm owned by Lawrence and Kath Hennigan has continued to grow, and now boasts four venues in and around Levenshulme, with a fifth - Fred's Ale House, Coffee Shop and Art Gallery – about to open.
This month the Hennigans, whose roots lie in Co. Mayo, have decided to celebrate their impressive 25 year milestone with the people of their village, by sponsoring the 2014 Levenshulme Community Festival.
Lawrence Hennigan, Director of the Levenshulme Pub Company, said: “Our company celebrates its 25th anniversary of independent trading in the area this year and we are more than happy to sponsor the annual community celebration to keep it going and to make the events more accessible to everyone."
He added: "We are just a small friendly village with huge ideas and the festival just keeps on growing every year.”
The 2014 Levenshulme Community Festival is a 17 day celebration running from Friday, October 24 until Sunday, November 9.
It includes a special exhibition of photographs featuring some of the many local stars that the Levenshulme Pub Company has worked with over the years, from the world of comedy, music, dance, sport and television.
Local MP Greg Mulholland will also lead one of the anniversary events, with a concert performance, featuring his song 'The Levenshulme Dream’, with his folk band Summercross at the Palace Nightclub on Friday, November 7.
A giant firework display and more than 140 events are also on the line-up for the festival, which is expected to attract more than 10,000 visitors to Levenshulme this month.
For full festival details visit www.levenshulmefestival.co.uk