Tockwith raises a toast to beer festival

wet   Tockwith Beer Festival organisers Adrian Ray, Mike Hodgson, Carl Cummings, Mark Bain, Rob Edwards, Matt Richardson, Paul Wilson, Arnold Warneken and Lee Preston.    110521M5b.
wet Tockwith Beer Festival organisers Adrian Ray, Mike Hodgson, Carl Cummings, Mark Bain, Rob Edwards, Matt Richardson, Paul Wilson, Arnold Warneken and Lee Preston. 110521M5b.
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BEER festival organisers are full of cheer after the event pulled in more visitors than last year- being held outdoors for the first time.

It was moved from Tockwith Village Hall to the village field- with £6,250 being raised in total -beating last year’s total of £6,000.

Organiser Lee Preston said: “It’s pretty unbelievable. The added risk this year and the added investment meant we would have been happy with maybe £4,000 raised, but to beat last year’s total is just, well, let’s just say I’m in good spirits now.”

Nearly 900 people came through the gate and drank 3,024 pints of real ale altogether, organisers confirmed.

Live music was played and a range of activities throughout the day included a barbecue, and children’s workshops.

Mark Bain, catering director, said: “It has been great and as soon as I recover I’ll start to think about next year, but we need more people to keep this going.”

Money raised this year will again go to Tockwith Primary School to raise money for improved ICT equipment.

Seven people organised the event this year with a volunteer team of around 18 people on the day.

If you would like to get involved in next year’s festival visit www.tockwithbeerfestival.co.uk and go to the the Contact Us section.

sarah.dawson@ypn.co.uk