Roaring to thirst quenching day

NAWN 1605281AM1 Wetherby Lions Beer Festival. Committee members. Chris Atkinson, Caroline Yelland, Robert Rolfe, Rory the Lion, Martyn Tate, Steph Theweneti and John Wardley.  (1605281AM1)
NAWN 1605281AM1 Wetherby Lions Beer Festival. Committee members. Chris Atkinson, Caroline Yelland, Robert Rolfe, Rory the Lion, Martyn Tate, Steph Theweneti and John Wardley. (1605281AM1)
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Wetherby Lions Club raised about £5,000 from their sixth beer festival at the St James Church Centre in the town last Saturday.

The event, which was declared a huge success by the organisers was run to help boost funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and was sponsored by 20 organisations and individuals.

NAWN 1605281AM2 Wetherby Lions Beer Festival. Jo Stocks, Paul Stocks, Andrew Taylor, Jackie Taylor, James Mawson and Andrea Mawson. (1605281AM2)

NAWN 1605281AM2 Wetherby Lions Beer Festival. Jo Stocks, Paul Stocks, Andrew Taylor, Jackie Taylor, James Mawson and Andrea Mawson. (1605281AM2)

“Few people are aware that they (the Air Ambulance) rely entirely on the generosity of the public and charitable organisations such as ourselves to keep this vital service going,” said spokesman Lions President Robert Rolfe.

He added that the beer festival was very popular: “We counted 450 adults, 104 children and 8 dogs coming through the door.

“There was a range of 20 carefully chosen beers by our expert, Irene of Wise Owls Consultancy for the dedicated beer drinkers.

“In addition we provided a Prosecco bar, a cider bar and a soft drinks counter for the children and non-drinkers, all run by Lions, partners and friends.

NAWN 1605281AM3 Wetherby Lions Beer Festival.Christina Kratochvilova, Jacob Nowak and Rafal Lepczyk.  (1605281AM3)

NAWN 1605281AM3 Wetherby Lions Beer Festival.Christina Kratochvilova, Jacob Nowak and Rafal Lepczyk. (1605281AM3)

“Thanks to the brilliant weather, all of our “concessions” sold out by the end of the day.

Musical entertainment was by The Suitcase Dwellers and Lucy and Jo who kept playing throughout the day. Other features were a coconut shy, a wet sponge stocks and choose a lolly stall.

The Lions’ next event is the Duck Race which will take place on the River Wharfe in Wetherby on Sunday July 10, when 2,000 plastic ducks will be released into the rapids, hopefully to finish at the Bridge on the Ings. More at www.wetherbylions.org