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Music and beer lovers flock to Pocktoberfest
The Mayor of Pocklington, Tony Marron, and his consort, Fiona Rutlidge, sit on the bar to open Pocktoberfest
MUSIC and beer lovers flocked to Pocklington as the town’s biggest annual event proved a huge hit once again.
Organisers said this year’s Pocktoberfest, the ninth, was the best yet, as huge crowds gathered in The Old Station for two days of live music and fine ales.
About 1,000 people attended on Saturday and many hundreds yesterday, helping to raise money for soldiers’ charity Help For Heroes.
Chris Waite, chairman of the organising committee, said: “The feedback has been absolutely wonderful. It has been a real step up from last year. The range of beers has doubled from last year and the variety of music has been wonderful.”
Yesterday’s music was headlined by Echo & The Bunnymen, Guillemots, Simon and Oscar from Ocean Colour Scene and Ellen And The Escapades, while a number of local and up-and-coming bands led Saturday’s programme.
Janet Farmer, manager of Pocklington Arts Centre, which worked with Pocklington and Market Weighton Round Rable and an organising committee, said: “It has been an amazing weekend with an amazing atmosphere. The whole Pocktoberfest team has done sterling work and the event has grown into something massive for the town.”
Ian Goodall, of Brass Castle Brewery, which oversaw the beer choice, said: “We’ve had great feedback from people about the set-up and the range of beers.”
Among the crowd was Pocktoberfest debutant Nick Nicholson, 50, of York, who said: “It has been excellent. There has been an eclectic mix of music and there is a great atmosphere.”
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