Otley all set for beer festival

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Former Otley town mayor Mary Vickers at last year’s Otley Beer Festival, with volunteers and twins Louise Lee, left, and Sandie Utley, right Former Otley town mayor Mary Vickers at last year’s Otley Beer Festival, with volunteers and twins Louise Lee, left, and Sandie Utley, right

Real ale enthusiasts from across the country are making a bee-line for Otley to enjoy the town's 13th Beer Festival.

The annual, two-day fundraising event begins at Otley Rugby Club on Friday, November 8, and will feature 65 real ales along with a selection of beers, ciders and perries.

Running from noon to 11pm on both days, this year's festival will raise money for Otley All Saints Parish Church along with Otley Action for Older People, Otley Museum and Otley Cycle Club.

Organising committee chairman Allan Boddy is looking forward to seeing visitors sample some of the many varieties of beer on offer in an "excellent" venue.

He said: "We are delighted with the rugby club, it has excellent facilities and the staff have been extremely welcoming and helpful - as far as we are concerned this is now our permanent home.

"We are very proud of the fact Otley Beer Festival is very much an Otley event.”

Set up and run by Otley RATS (Real Ale Tasting Society), the festival has raised almost £60,000 for the parish church and local good causes since 2002.

Admission costs £5 which includes a programme, souvenir glass, and £2.50 drink token - visit http://otleybeerfestival.co.uk/ for more details.

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