Churfest 2014 cancelled

Churfest 2014 cancelled due to the New Inn pub  closing.
Churfest 2014 cancelled due to the New Inn pub closing.

Popular music festival Churfest has been cancelled after the future of the pub which hosts it each year was thrown into doubt.

The landlord and landlady of the New Inn in Elland Road left the pub this week after five years.

Lenny and Hilary Holmes were forced to leave the pub they have loved running on Tuesday because it was no longer paying.

The uncertainty over its future has meant Churfest has been cancelled.

Usually a hugely popular event, this year’s was due to be held on July 5 but because the venue is no longer guaranteed organisers have taken the difficult decision to cancel the festival altogether.

Organiser Martin Ward said: “I would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the last four years and helped us raise around £13,000 for the charity Help For Heroes.

“We have had to cancel because I felt I could not rely on the hope of someone taking over the pub in time and us being able to hold the festival there. I am gutted and it has been a difficult decision because I know that people do look forward to it.”

The one-day event has entertained crowds with bands since 2010. It came together after Martin, a regular at the pub, said he thought it would be a great venue for a festival. Lenny told him to go ahead and organise something, asking that they use it to raise funds for Help for Heroes. The first event was such a huge success, they agreed to keep it going.

Martin said: “I do not know what will happen in the future with Churfest, it is too soon to tell.”