Good Times: FestivALE goes on tour again

This weekend sees the return of the FestivALE to the Bailiff Bridge Community Centre.

The FestivALE went on tour for the first time last year, leaving the Old Ship Inn on Bethel Street and it was a great success.

It raised including match funding from Barclays £1,800 for Overgate Hospice in Elland and the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Brackenhall near Brighouse.

This year they are raising money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and will be organised by Mark Feasey, former mine host of the Ship.

It is expected that hundreds of beer connoisseurs will converge on Bailiff Bridge to enjoy the event which last year ran out of ale before the end. Julia Baldwin, manager of the community centre, said: “Last year’s event was a tremendous success and there was great support from local businesses. We were so pleased that we raised so much for charity and we hope this year’s festival will be another success.

“We will have more food available this year including a hog roast and plenty of soft drinks.”

At the event there will be 18 real ales on show from around the country as well as four ciders, according to Mark.

The doors open at 5pm on Friday (tomorrow) until 11pm and from noon on Saturday until 11pm.

It’s £5 to get in, this includes a FestivALE programme, with all the tasting notes, a glass, and a free pint of ale.

“We hope to see many people there to ensure another successful event,” added Mark.