Beer festival is declared a roaring success by organisers

NAWN 1505305AM6 Wetherby Lions Beer Festival.Katy Moss, George Ruddiman, Angel Marshall, Rob Parkinson, Annie Driver, Francesca Moss(9), Ella Marshall and Ursula Hollins. (1505305AM6)
NAWN 1505305AM6 Wetherby Lions Beer Festival.Katy Moss, George Ruddiman, Angel Marshall, Rob Parkinson, Annie Driver, Francesca Moss(9), Ella Marshall and Ursula Hollins. (1505305AM6)

Wetherby Lions’ fifth annual beer festival was declared a roaring success as crowds swelled funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Hoards of visitors soaked up the sun and the liquid refreshment outside the St James’ Church Rooms base on Saturday.

NAWN 1505305AM1 Wetherby Lions Beer Festival. Committee members Maurice Upton, Netty Fineberg, John Wardley, Terry Burnes, Alan Corker, Chris Atkinson and Martyn Tate. (1505305AM1)

NAWN 1505305AM1 Wetherby Lions Beer Festival. Committee members Maurice Upton, Netty Fineberg, John Wardley, Terry Burnes, Alan Corker, Chris Atkinson and Martyn Tate. (1505305AM1)

Lions secretary Robert Rolfe said: “We exhibited 20 local beers and four ciders for our patrons to sample.

“The weather was kind to us and we were able to accommodate supporters and their families outside in the sunshine.

“In addition to the beers and ciders, we had a very popular Prosecco and wine bar for those who were not into sampling the beers.”

A selection of food was also available, including pizzas made to order and the ever-popular pie and peas.

NAWN 1505305AM2 Wetherby Lions Beer Festival. Joanne Tate, Clive Houghton, Bob Rolfe and Max McLellan(1505305AM2)

NAWN 1505305AM2 Wetherby Lions Beer Festival. Joanne Tate, Clive Houghton, Bob Rolfe and Max McLellan(1505305AM2)

Musical entertainment was provided by Lucy and Jo from John Fisher High School, Olivia from Leeds College of Music and Mel and Paul a guitar duo from Wetherby.

A variety of outdoor games were also available, including a coconut shy stall.

“Our Wetherby Lion Mascot roamed among the crowd, delighting the children, well most of them.”

A large duck was also seen around the premises advertising our forthcoming Duck Race, which will take place at the Wetherby Food Festival on the Ings on Sunday July 12.

NAWN 1505305AM7 Wetherby Lions Beer Festival.Matt Holland,  Theadora Holland, Aiden Flynn and  Jens Stahlschmidt. (1505305AM7)

NAWN 1505305AM7 Wetherby Lions Beer Festival.Matt Holland, Theadora Holland, Aiden Flynn and Jens Stahlschmidt. (1505305AM7)

Raffle tickets to enter a duck in the race were on sale and will be available in the coming weeks in the Market Square, Wetherby.

“We are indebted to our 25 sponsors, many of whom have been with us since our first event,” said Lions secretary Robert Rolfe.

“Without their support and generosity this beer festival simply would not happen.

“We are also grateful to the St James’ PCC for allowing us to use their facilities.”

The proceeds of the beer festival will go to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, who had an informative display on the day, explaining their vital role in saving lives across Yorkshire and Humberside.

Pictures by

Adrian Murray