Three cheers for Drighlington Beer Festival!

Angela Butler, Graham Warr & Claire Read man the pumps for the beer festival.
Angela Butler, Graham Warr & Claire Read man the pumps for the beer festival.

The sunny weather over the bank holiday made Drighlington Beer Festival the most successful yet.

Organisers reached their goal of raising more than £4,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research in memory of a volunteer and friend to the festival Janet Quinlan who lost her fight with cancer recently.

It was expected to be a busy three-day event with all the presales of beer tokens being sold out before it even kicked off but organisers did not expect it to be so successful. Paul Horne said: “We were very pleased to raise more than last year. We didn’t expect it though because we thought the last festival was one of the best we could ever do. It is nice to know that people are still giving to charities.”

There were 23 breweries suppling up to 60 real ales and 25 real ciders, the highlights were from Ossett, Ridgeside, Thornbridge, Saltaire, Salamander, Magic rock, Elland and Oakham. Punters had drunk the event dry by the last night, on Sunday the bar staff were down to two real ales, all the other barrels had dried up.

Families were entertained with plenty of fairground rides and in the evenings local singers and bands including a sixteen piece swing band, Drighlington Brass band and popular 
Brighouse folk musician Roger Davies.

Paul said: “We had fantastic support from local businesses through sponsorship and donations of raffle prizes, I would also like to thank all the volunteers and everyone else involved with making this weekend the best yet.”