Event to boost club coffers

From left to right are Nick Barker, Walsden Cricket Club chairman Jon Green and Josh Gale at Walsden Beer Festival 2013
From left to right are Nick Barker, Walsden Cricket Club chairman Jon Green and Josh Gale at Walsden Beer Festival 2013

It was a case of good things come to those who wait as the fifth Walsden Beer Festival was hailed as the best yet.

Hundreds of people from as far afield as Hull visited the four-day festival, held at Walsden Cricket and Bowling Club, and the event organisers hope it would raise £1,500 for the club.

Brian Corns, Geoff Pegg, John Richards and Russell Sutcliffe at Walsden Cricket and Bowling Club Beer Festival

Brian Corns, Geoff Pegg, John Richards and Russell Sutcliffe at Walsden Cricket and Bowling Club Beer Festival

Club chairman Jon Green said: “It’s been a great success and very well attended. I’ve been doing this for five years now and this has been the best one. People have said the atmosphere has been fantastic and the selection of beers was really good.”

In total there were 21 ales and ciders, including offerings from the Little Valley Brewery in Cragg Vale which provided prizes for a raffle. During the festival, which ran from Thursday to Sunday at the Millennium Suite at the club’s Scott Street ground, there was also food available, including pies, peas, hot roast beef sandwiches and black pudding.

Entertainment on the Saturday night was provided by Roy “Elvis” Potts, whose renditions of a selection of Elvis Presley numbers were very well received from a packed clubhouse.

Darren Midgley, a Walsden resident who attended the festival on the Saturday, said: “As usual it was a cracking event. It was really well supported by Todmorden folk. It was also good to see a lot of people from outside the area coming as well.

“I’m not a cricket fan, but I like the fact that the event supports local breweries like the Little Valley Brewery and other small independents.

Mr Green thanked everyone for attending the event, staff and Little Valley Brewery for its donations. He also reminded people that Todmorden Cricket Club’s beer festival is held in the autumn, the two events complementing each other at the start and end of the cricket season.

“I’d like to wish Todmorden Beer Festival every success in September,” he said.