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Pocktoberfest hailed as the best yet
MUSIC and beer lovers gathered in Pocklington as the town’s annual festival celebrated its tenth anniversary.
About 1,600 people packed into the Old Station on Saturday and Sunday for Pocktoberfest, which has grown from being a small market-town event into one of the biggest events in East Yorkshire.
Sunday was the main music day and was headlined by Brit Award nominee Richard Hawley.
There were also performances by Glenn Tilbrook, Josh Ritter, Tift Merritt, Boss Caine, Hope and Social and Lumberjack Cowboy.
Saturday focused more on the bars, with around 80 beers, ciders and perries to choose from, although there was also music from local acts, including popular York party band Huge, Jerome, Jimbo Doomface and Lumberjack Cowboy again.
Chris Waite, head of the festival organising committee, said it was the best turnout yet for the event, which began in 2003.
He said: “It has been absolutely terrific. We have had record numbers. Huge were amazing on Saturday night and the beer selection was the biggest hand-pull set-up in East Yorkshire.” He thanked the 50 volunteers who had helped.
Among the crowd were Ian and Gill Warner, from South Bank in York.
Mr Warner, 48, said: “This is my third Pocktoberfest and it is brilliantly organised once again. As someone who goes to beer festivals, the range of beers here has been fantastic, however the music on the Saturday – not just the big-bill stuff – has been much better.”
His wife Gill said: “The atmosphere gets better and better every year” and said Isle of Skye brewery's Young Pretender was the best beer she had tried.
Pocklington resident Adam Burnett, 26, said: “The increased range of beers has been fantastic and as the event has become more and more popular and more well attended, the atmosphere becomes better every year. The music adds to the atmosphere but I think the bands early on were a little loud It's been fantastic though, and all the volunteer staff have been very helpful and knowledgeable.”
Charity proceeds from the event will go to Help for Heroes and the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI).
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