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As mentioned earlier, there are a couple of festivals locally this weekend. The one at Marsden Mechanics Hall runs from 7.30 pm on Friday, then all day Saturday and Sunday. Thanks to the 'Bloke from Hull' we have now seen a beer list for the event.

It has a fair selection of beers from breweries near and far, its not often we see a beer from Orkney round these parts, nor Nelson, nor Evan Evans, but they are all represented, along with plenty from the local area and Lancashire, who provide a selection from Leyden, Fuzzy Duck and Bank Top. South Yorkshire have entrants from Brew Co, Abbeydale, Bradfield and Wentworth. Bridestones, Empire, Wharfebank and Golcar come from closer to home. Mallinsons have also sent a couple of specials there, so there is plenty of variety to go at, and looking at the beer lists, styles to suit every palette. Why not give it go.

Another festival this weekend that I had somehow managed to overlook, runs all day Friday to Sunday at The New Charnwood in Heckmondwike and is in aid of 'The Help for Heroes'. Again our East Yorkshireman has got hold of a beer list, and this again offers a good selection of beers and ciders, many with a military connection. There is even 'Bombardier' if someone can let Malcolm know !! Most of the beers here are old favourites rather than new or specials but none the worse for that and are sourced from all parts of the country.

So if the weather is going to be as bad as the weathermen promise, why not get yourself to a festival and sample a few of the beers on offer.