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Charity beer festival to mark 10 year anniversary of Ilkley pub & brewery

Ilkley’s Flying Duck pub and sister company Wharfedale Brewery are supporting Sue Ryder Manorlands with a charity beer festival this weekend.

From Friday to Sunday, 10-12 November, the pub and brewery will be celebrating 10 years in business with a weekend of festivities taking place at their historic Church Street location.

Wharfedale’s only brew pub will be showcasing over 30 craft beers, real ales and ciders from more than 20 breweries based in Yorkshire, whilst helping to raise money and awareness for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice, based in Oxenhope near Keighley. There will also be live music and food served across the weekend.

Kyle, who works for the pub, said "We've chosen Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice as our charity for our beer festival as they cared for my mum earlier this year during the final weeks of her life.

“She told me how much she liked it there and how they cared for her. My family and I were very grateful for the care and support they gave us as well as my mum."

Gerard Simpson, Operations Director of both Flying Duck Enterprises Ltd and Wharfedale Brewery Ltd, said: “We have had some very challenging times in recent years with the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, drinks prices rocketing and the ongoing energy crisis which have seen our bills more than double.

"Nevertheless, our fantastic staff and loyal customers have kept us afloat and we are delighted to mark our tenth anniversary with a fun weekend with a cracking line up beers and live music, whilst supporting a very worthy local charity which is close to our hearts.

“Families are also in for a treat, as the event offers a host of activities suitable for all ages. In addition to the music in the evenings, attendees can look forward to free brewery tours on the Saturday, providing a unique opportunity to gain insight into the brewing process and see firsthand the dedication that goes into creating ‘proper Yorkshire beers’.

“We hope all our regulars and visitors from far and wide can come along to help us all enjoy the occasion and raise a few quid whilst sampling a few pints.”

Adam Brunskill, Community Fundraiser at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice, said: “We want to thank the team at The Flying Duck for choosing to support us at their beer festival. We are always so grateful for our incredible supporters and the donations from this event will mean we can continue providing care for people when they need it the most.”


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