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After a couple of quietish nights at the Star Festival, Friday saw it get back into full swing with a plethora of beer enthusiasts from all over the country braving the extremes of the weather to come and sample the beers on offer.

Visitors came from as far afield as Croydon, Carlisle and Newcastle in search of 'ticks' to prove that a little matter of snow, ice and transport disruption will not stand in the way of the enthusiast and his beer. There was no great queue at opening time but throughout the afternoon a constant stream of people came through the door in search of the 'holy grail' and it was good to see them. Some of the regular faces were missing admittedly, and it was a shame that neither 'The Vicar' nor Brian were well enough to get up from South Yorkshire, and those that did come up from there had to detour round Leeds but they made it.

We had plenty of visitors from the other side of the Pennines, with the 'usual suspects' from Liverpool, Blackpool, and Manchester appearing; the Wirral was represented, along with Humberside, (even the 'Bloke from Hull' managed to get across).

It was great to see everyone who made the effort and great to see some old faces and catch up. Its not just a festival, its a great social occasion too. Thanks to everyone who made it, and hopefully we will see many more today.