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Camra Mayfest Beer festival at Square Chapel, Halifax
Camra Mayfest Beer festival at Square Chapel, Halifax

BEER drinkers are in seventh heaven this weekend with dozens of real ales on offer.

The Halifax and Calderdale branch of Camra are staging its annual beer festival until 11 pm tomorrow night.

Mayfest opened today at Square Chapel, Halifax, and organisers expect more than 900 people through the doors.

And, two local pubs, Dirty Dick’s and The Three Pigeons, have jumped on the bandwagon and organised their own beer festivals to pick up extra business from the influx of drinkers.

Branch chairman and Mayfest organiser Nigel Robertshaw said most local breweries were represented among the 57 beers and eight ciders.

“We have had people come up from London, Manchester and all over West Yorkshire,” he said.

“People will come to an event like this and also go into local pubs so its good business for pubs as well.”

Among Saturday’s visitors were a party from the Fox and Goose, Hebden Bridge, who were selling donated “Benevolent Barrels” to raise funds for their campaign to buy the pub and create West Yorkshire’s first Co-operative pub.