Families pour in to beer festival

NAWN 1806304AM7 Clifford Beer Festival. Cheryl Coldwell, Clair Billson, Sam Parkin and Rebecca Smart.  (1806304AM7)
NAWN 1806304AM7 Clifford Beer Festival. Cheryl Coldwell, Clair Billson, Sam Parkin and Rebecca Smart. (1806304AM7)

Hot summer temperatures were quenched by liquid refreshment at the Clifford Champion Beer Festival last weekend.

A spokesman said that the festival went exceptionally well with 650 drinkers through the doors.

NAWN 1806304AM3 Clifford Beer Festival.  Jane Allen and Allison Wilkinson with fellow committee members. (1806304AM3)

NAWN 1806304AM3 Clifford Beer Festival. Jane Allen and Allison Wilkinson with fellow committee members. (1806304AM3)

“Their numbers were swelled by the large numbers of children accompanying the many family groups who took advantage of the Village hall Millennium gardens, children’s entertainment and play area,” said spokesman Richard Coldwell.

He added that festival goers also enjoyed music from five live bands or watched the World Cup Football on a big screen TV.

“We sold out of Prosecco, gin and lager and 12 out of the 29 real ales available,” added Richard, who thanked the sponsors and volunteers.

“Although we still had a decent selection of beers available right through to last orders at 11pm, there wasn’t much beer left in most of the remaining 17 casks.

NAWN 1806304AM4 Clifford Beer Festival. Hazel Clough and David Clough.  (1806304AM4)

NAWN 1806304AM4 Clifford Beer Festival. Hazel Clough and David Clough. (1806304AM4)

“The only disappointment were the excellent dark beers, like ‘1872 Porter’ from sponsors Elland Brewery, didn’t sell as well in the hot sunshine. Although the heat didn’t stop people consuming large amounts of pork pie and peas and wood fired pizzas.

“Overall, it’s looking like this is the best festival ever in terms of turnover and we are hoping to exceed £6K profit, which will go to our two charities Clifford Village hall and Clifford AFC.”

Next year’s festival will be the Tenth Clifford Champion Beer Festival and Richard added that the committee is already working hard on making it even better.