Drighlington Beer Festival in memory of volunteer

Drighlington Beer Festival volunteer Janet Quinlan sadly lost her fight with cancer.
Drighlington Beer Festival volunteer Janet Quinlan sadly lost her fight with cancer.

This May bank holiday will see hundreds of real ale and cider drinkers visit the Spotted Cow for the fourth annual Drighlington Beer Festival.

Last year the festival raised more than £4,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research and organisers are hoping to raise even more in memory of a volunteer.

Organiser Paul Horne said: “This year the charity is close to the hearts of everyone who drinks and works in The Spotted Cow as we lost a great friend and festival volunteer Mrs Janet Quinlan who sadly lost her fight with cancer aged just 40 years old.”

A selection of real ales and ciders will be on offer from quality breweries including Ossett, Ridgeside, Saltaire, Magic rock, Elland and Oakham to name a few.

Paul said: “Twenty-three breweries will be suppling up to 60 real ales and 25 real ciders which makes 2014 our biggest festival to date.

“Once again we have had fantastic support from local businesses through sponsorship and donations of raffle prizes.”

The festival has been sponsored by a number of businesses in the area who have donated money straight to the charity. Pre-sales of beer tokens have broken all records so, come rain or shine this year’s festival should be a busy one.

Door will open at 3pm on Friday and noon Saturday and Sunday. The whole weekend aims to be a family event with fairground rides for the children.

Entertainment includes music from local Drighlington singer/songwriter Shelbi Hoole on Friday night along with three more acts.

On Saturday there will be a 16 piece swing band, plus three more local bands.

Drighlington Brass band and popular Brighouse folk musician Roger Davies and more will to entertain the crowds on Sunday.