Tenth beer fest ready to roll out the barrels

In 2005 Thorner’s first Beer Festival was organised as a way of helping to raise funds to mend the roof of a dilapidated ageing village hall.

And on April 26 the tenth anniversary event will be held in what is now a much admired and well used venue.

Festival organiser and Thorner resident Peter Schofield said: “At our first festival we had 16 firkins of beer, and worried whether we’d have enough people to drink the 1,150 pints of beer they contained.

“This year we’ll have 42 firkins on offer, and the only thing we can’t be sure of is what time it will sell out.

“Over the years it has been great to hear the reaction of our customers to the improvements that we have helped to make at the hall.”

Other fund raising efforts have included an annual Comedy Festival, and fireworks in November.

In addition the hall is gaining a reputation as an entertainment venue, and earlier this month Scottish Folk icons Barbara Dickson and Rab Noakes thrilled a packed hall.

The tenth Thorner Beer festival starts at noon on April 26 and continues until all the beer is sold.

Admission is £5 and include a souvenir glass, beer token and tasting notes. A full last of beers at: www.thornervictoryhall.co.uk.

Peter Schofield added: “The Beer Festival will offer a selection of ales from across the UK, with a concentration of Yorkshire brews, and some that are little out of the ordinary- flavoured with bog myrtle, or ginger for instance.

“Add to the ales the food, and entertainment including Leeds Morris Men, IC steel band, and live blue grass and folk music from the Rough and Ready Boys, and you’ll understand why Thorner Beer Festival has become a popular family day out.”