ATTENDEES at a Bradford beer festival will be raising a glass in memory of their founder.

Baildon Cricket Club's Beer and Gin Festival, which is being held from June 22-24 at their Jenny Lane headquarters, will be remembering Simon Heginbotham.

Simon, 52, who also founded and ran Saltaire Live, lost his 20-plus year battle with depression last April.

The first pint on Friday, June 22 (6pm) will be pulled by Simon's brother Rob, and proceeds from the raffle will go to MIND to help raise awareness of mental health.

The festival opening times are 6pm-11pm on Friday, June 22, noon-late on Saturday, June 23, and 10am-6pm on Sunday, June 24.

There will be a barbecue on all three days and a raffle and live music (from Black Ice on the Friday and Tom O'Neill on the Saturday) on the opening two days.

Cricket matches will also be held on the Saturday (first team v Hunslet Nelson, Bradford League) and Sunday (under-15s v Keighley, Bradford Junior League; third team v Thornbury, Dales Council League).

Bacon sandwiches will be available on the Sunday when another attraction is the England v Panama World Cup soccer match.

Meanwhile, Partners Brewery have provided a fully-cooled bar and there will also be a new Moretti Lager pump.

There are still opportunities to sponsor a barrel of beer (£75) or a bottle of gin (£50) and/or to donate a raffle prize.

Anyone interested should contact Ashley Free on 07415-709104 or at

Raffle prizes are: Two twenty20 tickets (courtesy of Yorkshire County Cricket Club), two race tickets (Ripon Racecourse), five mini bottle gin tasting set (courtesy of Drinks By The Dram), 20cl Sloe Gin gift box (courtesy of BlackonBlack Sloe Gin), afternoon tea for two (courtesy of The Old Barn Esholt), one-hour facial (courtesy of Mirror Mirror), £50 fish & chip vouchers (courtesy of Websters), £100 workwear vouchers (courtesy of Snickers Workwear), £50 Baildon Automotive vouchers and 10 class gym passes (courtesy of Next Generation Fitness & Performance).