AIREBOROUGH Rotary Club, Guiseley Theatre and Rawdon Parish Church proved once again how working together can deliver results for their communities through the annual Aireborough Beer Festival.

The hard work of an imaginative and experienced committee, complemented by resourceful and reliable volunteers brought a new range of craft cask and keg beers plus ciders, gin, rum and Prosecco to an as ever enthusiastic audience. Concentration this year was on small breweries and small batch beers including Horsforth, Utopian, Kirby Lonsdale, Track and Ravensdale Brewing Co.

The charity fundraising festival at Guiseley Theatre ran over five sessions beginning on Thursday, June 15 from 7pm to 10.30pm, continuing though Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17 from noon to 4.30pm and 5.30pm to 10.30pm.

Robert Mirfield, of Aireborough Rotary Club said: "The variety of drinks on offer was matched by the range of entertainment to enjoy over the five sessions. A series of local top class musicians were brought together by the indefatigable John Kitching, performers who in his words ‘will be seen on bigger stages in the next few years’. It would be unfair to pick out any single group or performer with several attracting and bringing their own followers and certainly, judging from the applause, gaining a new crowd of fans.

"Special thanks have to go to sponsors of the range of beers and ciders, to programme advertisers and producers of publicity material shared widely on Facebook and by word of mouth. Widd Signs stand out here, this year providing ‘the mobile picture frame’, enabling those who wished, to smile and show what a good time they were having.

"It was, however, disappointing to see, for the second year running, two of the reusable advertising banners produced by Widd Signs vandalised in Guiseley.

"Our patrons deserve our special thanks for choosing to turn up each year making the efforts of the three partner organisations delighted to be able to continue the community led range of activities each one of them supports. As a result over £5,000 will be shared equally between Aireborough Rotary, Guiseley Theatre and St. Peters Parish Church, Rawdon."