PICTURES: Collingham Real Ale Festival

Organisers of Collingham Real Ale Festival raised their glasses in appreciation to supporters who helped amass an amazing £5,000 for Prader-Willi Syndrome Association.

The fourth event poured in the cash to make its contribution to the small national charity which supports people with the rare genetic condition, £14,500 over its four-year history.

Collingham Real Ale Festival. (1406063AM7)

Collingham Real Ale Festival. (1406063AM7)

“Saturday, started wet and gloomy, but the punters poured in and the venue was full to the brim all afternoon until the sun came out at 6pm,” said a spokesman.

The Friday night Meet the Landlord was hoisted by Matt Airey, landlord of the Muse Ale and Wine bar in Wetherby.

Matt’s team cooked a great steak and ale pie supper and sourced four excellent real ales from Okells Brewery.

An all girl jazz quartet played some excellent tunes before and after the meal and the raffle raised £220 for the Orchard Gardens Trust in Collingham.

Sykes House Farm sponsored the pie steak and Johnson’s green grocers the potatoes. Ake and Humphris of Collingham provide a wine and Masons Yorkshire Gin tasting session!

On Saturday the entertainment included Border Morris dancers Flagcrackers of Craven who demonstrated brilliant Morris dancing with spectacular blackened faces and colourful outfits.

Local bands headlined by Collingham’s own Matt Gouland created a super environment with many dancing to the popular songs.

A full hog roast was sold out and Coffee on Demand and Picante Barbacoa supplied fresh coffee and chorizo sandwiches. Pizza Milano of Wetherby donated pizzas later on.

And the 25 Yorkshire Real Ales and five Yorkshire real ciders were pretty well exhausted by the 11pm closing time.

Prader-Willi Syndrome causes a wide range of symptoms including a constant desire to eat and affects one in 15,000 children born in the UK.