ORGANISERS of a sausage and cider festival in Ellesmere have vowed to return 'bigger and better' in 2022 after enjoying a solid first event last weekend.

The festival, held by Ellesmere Cricket Club on their Birch Road ground from Friday to Saturday, with Sunday's plans cancelled at the last minute.

James Harrison, chairman of the club, took to its social media to thank all those who had helped and says the cancellation on Sunday, because of what he called the club's 'dated facilities', shows why they needed to hold a fundraising event.

"Big thank you to everyone who attended, sampled and partied – amazed by the turnout," he said.

"Huge thanks to the volunteers both from within the club and from outside – it wouldn’t have been possible without the amount of hours put in by everyone.

"Sorry we had to cancel Sunday – left with no choice and highlights why we are fundraising to improve facilities for the future of the club.

"As with all events we now have to reflect on what went well and what we can improve.

"One thing is for sure we will definitely be back next year with more sausage, more cider and more fun."

A number of people were thanked by the club for their support, including the Ellesmere Carnival Committee, Oteley Estate Ellesmere, Rodney Stokes, Home Farm Overton, M J Ford Roofing, Edwards Dairy Chirk, Hawkins & Sons Butchers Ellesmere, Vermeulens Ellesmere, Tesco Ellesmere, among others.