A pub will be joining celebrations this weekend to mark the 174th anniversary of a well known brewery.

The Eagle and Child on Higher Lane in Whitefield will be holding several events this weekend to mark the anniversary of brewery Joseph Holt.

There will be a singer tonight, Friday, karaoke on Saturday and a bowling competition on Sunday  as well as a £174 lucky dip

Chief executive of brewery, Richard Kershaw, said: “Every year is a cause for celebration.

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“Our pubs are more than just places to have a drink or something to eat, they are at the heart of the communities they serve so our customers enjoy so much more than just a pint of our award-winning ales, they get a sense of belonging too.”

Joseph Holt has been in the same family for six generations and has a long-time association with the Christie Hospital, having most recently launched a two-year charity appeal to raise £500,000 for the specialist cancer centre and Holt Radium Institute. 

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Richard kick-started the fundraising appeal this month with a 600-mile week-long charity bike ride through France with his three sons, one of whom, Andrew, works for the brewery and, with his sister Jane, is the sixth generation of the family to do so.

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After working at the Strangeways Brewery, founder Joseph Holt and his wife Catherine Parry moved into a small house in the centre of Manchester in 1849.

With his wife’s financial backing and business support, Joseph rented premises in what is now Manchester’s Northern Quarter, where he set up his first beer-making facility.

In the first major expansion, the Holt's took over Ducie Bridge Brewery on what is now Cheetham Hill Road, brewing ales and porters.

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In 1860 Joseph Holt took out a 999-year lease on a piece of land in Strangeways to establish the brewery, which still stands today.

Richard said: “As an independent, regional family brewer we are deeply proud of the values and principles of our company.

“Our beginnings are humble, and we are proud of what we have achieved over 174 years and look forward not only to our milestone next year but to going from strength to strength in the future.”

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