Cash flows in along with visitors to village beer festival

NAWN 1506272AM8 Clifford Beer Festival. Committee members Jane Davies, Tim Downes, Janet Allen, Chris Allen, Allison Wilkinson and Andy Poulter (1506272AM8)
NAWN 1506272AM8 Clifford Beer Festival. Committee members Jane Davies, Tim Downes, Janet Allen, Chris Allen, Allison Wilkinson and Andy Poulter (1506272AM8)

Specialist beers flowed to bring in the cash pouring in for Clifford football club and the village hall.

And a star attraction at the sixth annual Clifford Champion Beer Festival last Saturday was a specially brewed golden beer, named in honour of ITV Calendar presenter Duncan Wood.

NAWN 1506272AM6 Clifford Beer Festival. Tracey Poulter, Heather Flint and Katy Poulter. (1506272AM6)

NAWN 1506272AM6 Clifford Beer Festival. Tracey Poulter, Heather Flint and Katy Poulter. (1506272AM6)

Wood You Believe It, produced by Elland Brewery, was launched at the event and named after the show that Duncan hosted.

“It was a current affairs ITV Yorkshire show that posed that very question to viewers about many varied topics,” explained Duncan.

“The issues ranged from the man who couldn’t stop hiccuping to fighting for disabled parking rights.”

Elland Breweries and Wetherby pub The Muse sponsored the Clifford festival and are key players in Britain’s Beer Revolution currently sweeping through the country, explained organiser Chris Allen.

NAWN 1506272AM1 Clifford Beer Festival.  Amilia Horner, Neil Darton and Kate Parker. (1506272AM1)

NAWN 1506272AM1 Clifford Beer Festival. Amilia Horner, Neil Darton and Kate Parker. (1506272AM1)

“This revolution was the theme of this year’s charity focused festival in Clifford.”

The event featured 30 beers (cutting edge craft beers, national champion real ales, five festival special ales and craft bottled beers) plus champion ciders and a variety of lagers.”

“We sold over 30 different real ales including many award winning Champion beers as well as a lot of Yorkshire’s finest breweries,” added Chris.

“A particular hit was our new Prosecco bar which sold out the many cases we had laid on.”

NAWN 1506272AM3 Clifford Beer Festival.Kim Oates, Paul Oates, Lisa Cownes and Martin Oats.  (1506272AM3)

NAWN 1506272AM3 Clifford Beer Festival.Kim Oates, Paul Oates, Lisa Cownes and Martin Oats. (1506272AM3)

Over 700 people attended during the day and evening and families picnicked on the village hall garden.

“As ever the Clifford Festival is renowned for the wide variety of live music on offer from midday to 11pm from folk to rock with a great set from Clifford’s own The Doctors being one of the highlights,” added Chris.

Spokesman for the event’s main sponsor Beadnall and Copley, Andrew Beadnall said they were delighted at the tremendous response to the event.

“Its is yet another opportunity to support local community events and it is especially pleasing that our sponsorship has enabled the organisers to support the village hall and the local junior football team in Clifford.

“It is personally very satisfying to be able to give back to all these local organisations and village communities who have been staunch supporters of ours over the years.”

The funds raised are for village hall maintenance and the Clifford Football Club who were able to open brand new changing rooms this year.

Overall the beer festival organisers expect to have raised around £6,000.

Are you organising a community event?

If so, send details in advance to: news@wetherbynews.co.uk