Countdown on to Morley Beer Festival

Simon Barraclough and Matthew Dowse (in front of the bar) join Paul Horne (Partners Brewery in Dewsbury) and David Nebard (from Morley Cricket Club) who are partners in organising Morley Beer Festival. (D532E313)
Simon Barraclough and Matthew Dowse (in front of the bar) join Paul Horne (Partners Brewery in Dewsbury) and David Nebard (from Morley Cricket Club) who are partners in organising Morley Beer Festival. (D532E313)
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The countdown is on to Morley’s first major beer festival, organised by the town’s cricket club and Dewsbury’s Partners Brewery.

Three days of live music, food, entertainment - and, of course, beer - have been planned for today, Saturday and Sunday and organisers are determined to make it not just a massive success, but the first of many.

The Scatcherd Lane club will see its ‘real ale’ bar set up in the pool room of the Willows function room.

There will also be a marquee set up next to the Willows to cope with the expected numbers.

An impressive variety of real ales and fruity ciders will be on sale over the weekend and all of them will have been brewed within 35 miles of Morley.

Simon Barraclough, from the cricket club, said they wanted to thank all the sponsors who had supported the event, either by putting their name on a barrel or advertising in the programme, as well as Dewsbury-based Partners Brewery.

“Partners have worked with us to ensure that the dream of holding a beer festival has now become a reality,” he said.

“We also want to thank everyone who has supported us up to this point by handing out flyers, committing to help on the weekend, getting a sponsor, promoting on Facebook,

etc.

“There appears to be genuine interest in the festival and we just hope for good weather next weekend and hope that everyone joins in the fun and encourages family and friends to attend at some stage during the weekend.”

Entry to the festival is £3, which includes a weekend pass, festival programme and a commemorative pint glass, which has been sponsored by Partners Brewery, Onwards & Upwards estate agents and Fenton’s Packaging.

Festival goers can buy beer tokens which can be bought and used at any point during the weekend.

It won’t just be liquid refreshment on offer - food will be available on Friday night from 7pm-10pm, on Saturday from noon-6pm and on Sunday from noon-4pm.

Singer Chris Barr will be entertaining on Friday and popular local band The Erics will be bringing some live music to the festival on Saturday night.

As well as craft stalls and children’s entertainments there’s a possibility of a few special guests along the way.

Morley Beer Festival begins at 7pm on Friday and continues on Saturday from noon-5pm and then 7pm until late and on Sunday from noon-5pm.