Raising a glass to festival fans

Rastrick Beer Festival at St John's Chruch, Rastrick.'Chris Swallow serves Ernest Baker.
Rastrick Beer Festival at St John's Chruch, Rastrick.'Chris Swallow serves Ernest Baker.

DELIGHTED organisers of a popular local beer festival have been raising their glasses this week to toast its success.

The second Rastrick Beer Festival, held in the community hall at St John’s Church last Friday and Saturday, attracted large numbers of real ale fans not only from various parts of Calderdale and Kirklees but from as far afield as Truro and Lincolnshire.

Rastrick Beer Festival at St John's Chruch, Rastrick.'Organisers and volunteers behind the bar.

Rastrick Beer Festival at St John's Chruch, Rastrick.'Organisers and volunteers behind the bar.

The organising committee were so delighted with the response that they are already thinking they may stage another one next year.

It was held to raise much needed funds not only for St John’s but also for three local charities, Macmillan Nurses (Calderdale) Forget-Me-Not Children’s Hospice, and the Multiple Sclerosis Society (Calderdale). The organisers said they were also fortunate to have Barclays Bank supporting this year’s festival because they will provide match funding for the money raised for the three charities.

The festival offered 20 local ales as well as a number of ciders and perrys.

Chairman of the organising committee, Roger Ellis, said they were absolutely delighted with the response and support the festival had received from both people and sponsors. He said a tremendous amount of hard work and commitment had been put into making it a success and added he would like to thank everyone involved for everything they had done.

“It has been a first class team effort. I would also like to extend our thanks to everyone, both individuals and companies, who have helped with generous sponsorship,” said Roger. “We have had some excellent support and encouragement which in turn has enabled us once again to support a number of local charities, which is very good indeed. We are very grateful to them.”

He said a number of visitors had commented on the high quality of the beers and ciders on offer. The vote for the most popular beer of the festival ended in a tie between Elland Brewery’s, 1872 Porter, and Wild Oates from the Oates Brewing Company, Halifax.