THE THIRD Aireborough Beer Festival has been hailed a resounding success.

This year’s event was held at Guiseley Theatre on Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15 and based around the theme of ‘33 beers from within 30 miles’.

Those attending - including BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration, as s a special guest - were able to choose from a selection of craft beers, ciders and Prosecco. There was also a gin bar, food and live music.

Spokesman Robert Mirfield said: “For the third time of asking Guiseley Theatre, Rawdon St Peter’s Church and Aireborough Rotary Club joined together to make the Aireborough Beer Festival a resounding success.

“The festival received much praise from those attending, including knowledgeable CAMRA members, for its diverse choice of drinks.

“Also attending were our two inveterate beer festival devotees Pat Langford and Kate Seal, who once again arrived early doors on Friday afternoon having travelled up from Doncaster.

“Harry Gration hotfooted it over from the BBC Look North studio, accompanied by his son Harrison, to circulate amongst those attending before taking to the stage to declare the festival well and truly open. Harry thanked the sponsors for their valuable support, the organisers for their hard work and the host of volunteers for ensuring the event ran smoothly.”

Musical entertainment was provided by a mix of performers who had been brought together by John Kitching. The artists included Heather Woodhead, Nigel Passey, Sawdust, Cornell Daley, Frankie Goes to Hoddywood, Ben Jordan and ManFloo.

The runaway winner of the Beer of the Festival award, meanwhile was Days of Wilder from Armley-based brewer Wilde Child.

Mr Mirfield added: “The main drivers behind the event’s success were the multi-talented committee of partner volunteers whose skills underpinned it. After a well earned rest they will soon start planning for next year’s festival.”