Hundreds turn out for ‘the only beer cart festival in the world’

ossett beer cart parade on cart
ossett beer cart parade on cart

Crowds gathered in Ossett over the weekend to see Wakefield Morris Dancers heave a cart laden with heavy barrels of beer around the town.

More than 100 dancers from around the country took part in the third annual Ossett Beer Cart festival.

ossett beer cart

ossett beer cart

They paraded from the cricket and athletics club to the town centre, before carrying the first barrel into the town hall.

The Beer Cart event, which ran from Friday until Sunday, also included a beer festival on Friday and Saturday, an open air market throughout the weekend and morris dance performances on both Saturday and Sunday.

John Earnshaw, chair of the Beer Cart organising committee: “This is something unique, the only beer cart festival in the world.”

“It went really well and the weather was on our side.

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ossett beer cart boggartrs breakfast border morris dancers

“Ossett was just buzzing on Saturday .

“A couple of thousand people turned out to watch. It was a wonderful atmosphere.

“All the morris dancers and musicians took part in the procession, some pulling the cart, some walking behind.

“We want this to continue as an annual event. Traditions have to start somewhere.

ossett beer cart the barrell is taken in to open the beer festival

ossett beer cart the barrell is taken in to open the beer festival

“And we would like to say thank you to all the people and organisations who have helped us out.”

The festival was held for the first time in 2014.

Inspiration for the event was taken from the Lancashire rushcart tradition which involves villagers carrying rushes on a cart to their local church.

The Beer Cart festival is designed to encourage more people to take up morris dancing whilst also raising funds for Wakefield Hospice.

ossett beer cart parade on route

ossett beer cart parade on route

Wakefield Morris will host two taster dance sessions on September 12 and November 7. To find out more, visit the Wakefield Morris Dancers Facebook page.

ossett beer festival parade on route

ossett beer festival parade on route

ossett beer cart

ossett beer cart