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Attendees enjoy network — rail

It was full steam ahead for a train full of delegates on the latest Meet Eat Debate event, on board the East Lancashire Railway.

Businessmen and women were able to network on the move during the return train journey from Rawtenstall to Bury before listening to a talk by from the Irwell Works Brewery in Ramsbottom on the platform of Bury station.

Meet Eat Debate is a quarterly event jointly organised by Haslingden-based chartered accountants and business advisers Cassons, East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and Viva PR.

Les Nutter, Managing Partner at Cassons and host of Meet Eat Debate said: “The event was a success and there was lots of positive feedback from everyone who attended on the day.

“The Meet Eat Debate event on board the East Lancashire Railway is certainly a talking point and therefore stands apart from other events. It was good to see so many people swapping cards and meeting new people.”

Guest Kelly Connolly from Rawtenstall-based IT support business NCS Support said: “It was a very different way of doing business. We had a lovely time and made lots of new contacts.”

The speakers were Head Brewer Pete Booth and General Manager Luke Ashburn from Irwell Works Brewery in Ramsbottom who talked about the art of pairing beer with food, just like you would with wine. After the presentation, guests boarded the train for the return journey, where they enjoyed their picnic lunch and a bottle of beer from Irwell Works brewery.

Irwell Works Brewery is situated in the former 'Irwell Steam, Tin, Copper and Iron Works' on Irwell Street in the town. Brewing started in November 2010 and they now have five standard beers named in honour of the works, including 'Copper Plate' 3.8% Bitter, 'Steam Plate' 4.3% Best Bitter, 'Iron Plate' 4.4% Lancashire Stout, 'Tin Plate' 3.6% Dark Mild and 'Richard Mason's 1888' 4.0% Pale Ale.