Real ale festival goes down a treat on fifth year say organisers

NAWN 1506061AM2 Collingham Real Ale Festival. Phippa Ashbee, Sophie Asbee, Gemma Dent, Liz Dent, Harriett Westcott and Rowena Ashbee.  (1506061AM2)
NAWN 1506061AM2 Collingham Real Ale Festival. Phippa Ashbee, Sophie Asbee, Gemma Dent, Liz Dent, Harriett Westcott and Rowena Ashbee. (1506061AM2)
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Organisers of the recent Collingham Real Ale Festival declared the annual event the best in its five-year history.

The preview evening on Friday and the traditional day on Saturday attracted large crowds.

NAWN 1506061AM1 Collingham Real Ale Festival. Trevor Songhurst, Paul Robertson, Richard Caine and Lee Birch.(1506061AM1)

NAWN 1506061AM1 Collingham Real Ale Festival. Trevor Songhurst, Paul Robertson, Richard Caine and Lee Birch.(1506061AM1)

Organiser Alan Ashbee said: “The fifth Collingham Real Ale Festival was even better than previous years.

“Eighty odd people enjoyed the preview evening on Friday and on Saturday the traditional beer festival kicked off at noon with people queuing to get in.”

The festival raised funds for the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association and £305, proceeds of the Friday evening raffle, went to the Orchard Garden Trust charity.

So far the five beer festivals gave raised over £15,000 for PWSA and nearly £1,000 for Collingham good causes.

NAWN 1506061AM11 Collingham Real Ale Festival.  Jermey Oxley, Sue Spelling, Rowena Ashbee, John Kay, Lynn Kay and Stuart Spelling.(1506061AM11)

NAWN 1506061AM11 Collingham Real Ale Festival. Jermey Oxley, Sue Spelling, Rowena Ashbee, John Kay, Lynn Kay and Stuart Spelling.(1506061AM11)

Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is a rare genetic condition that affects no more than one in every 15,000 children born in England and causes a wide range of problems including the constant desire to eat, restricted growth, and temper tantrums.

Musical entertainment was provided during the festival and Steph Baker of Boston Spa entertained for the preview evening.

The following day the Flagcrackers of Craven border Morris dancing squad provided an entertaining and colourful spectacle with inside and outside performances.

And local young talent Lucy and Jo, George, Andy Bowley, Steph Baker, Juvenile Success, followed by local soloist legend Matt Gouland and concluding with Reggie and the Screamers, provided further entertainment.

NAWN 1506061AM3 Collingham Real Ale Festival. Organiser Alan Ashbee with Adam McLoughlin. (1506061AM3)

NAWN 1506061AM3 Collingham Real Ale Festival. Organiser Alan Ashbee with Adam McLoughlin. (1506061AM3)

Visitors also had 27 Yorkshire beers and ciders and food from various Yorkshire providers to enjoy.

A Festival Brew, sponsored by EasyOdds.com, was brewed by James Garmston with the expert guidance of Tim Spakouskas of the Yorkshire Heart Brewery. Tim also offered tastings of his range of Yorkshire wines.

Alan added of the success of Saturday: “Over 100 stayed dancing until close to midnight and the bar was almost drunk dry.”

He said that volunteers came from Kent, Somerset, London, Avon, Italy and Yorkshire to man the bar.

NAWN 1506061AM6 Collingham Real Ale Festival. (1506061AM6)

NAWN 1506061AM6 Collingham Real Ale Festival. (1506061AM6)

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NAWN 1506061AM9 Collingham Real Ale Festival. Mandy Roberts, Adrian Longfellow and Wendy Longfellow. (1506061AM9)

NAWN 1506061AM9 Collingham Real Ale Festival. Mandy Roberts, Adrian Longfellow and Wendy Longfellow. (1506061AM9)