Raising a glass of ale to St George at church festival

Newspaper: Wakefield Express.
Story: Festival to mark St George's day held at St Peter's church, Horbury.
Checking out the quality of the St George's ale that was being served up inside the church is Bishop Tony Robinson and Father Brian Bell.
Reporter: Gavin Murray.
Photographer: Andrew Bellis.
Photo date: 23/04/16
Picture Ref: AB171b0416

Newspaper: Wakefield Express. Story: Festival to mark St George's day held at St Peter's church, Horbury. Checking out the quality of the St George's ale that was being served up inside the church is Bishop Tony Robinson and Father Brian Bell. Reporter: Gavin Murray. Photographer: Andrew Bellis. Photo date: 23/04/16 Picture Ref: AB171b0416

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Patriots felt a “real sense of community” at an International Outdoor Festival for St George’s Day.

St Peter’s Church in Hobury hosted the event last Saturday alongside members of St John’s of Horbury Bridge.

Newspaper: Wakefield Express.
Story: Festival to mark St George's day held at St Peter's church, Horbury.
Pictured: Ethiopian Orthodox group.
Reporter: Gavin Murray.
Photographer: Andrew Bellis.
Photo date: 23/04/16
Picture Ref: AB171a0416

Newspaper: Wakefield Express. Story: Festival to mark St George's day held at St Peter's church, Horbury. Pictured: Ethiopian Orthodox group. Reporter: Gavin Murray. Photographer: Andrew Bellis. Photo date: 23/04/16 Picture Ref: AB171a0416

The Mayor of Wakefield, Coun June Cliffe, officially opened proceedings before the Bishop of Wakefield Tony Robinson led devotions in honour of England’s patron saint at noon.

The Horbury Victoria Youth Band impressed with a medley of brass music and Ethiopian Orthodox guests from Huddersfield also played.

Punters also lapped up the event’s very own brew, St George’s Festival Ale.

Face painting took place in the vicarage gardens and youngsters enjoyed outdoor games.

And a buffet was laid out for out hungry visitors to get stuck into.

Sue Casey, who attended the event, said: “The weather was cold but fine and the festivities were held outside the church. “There was a wonderful spread afterwards, washed down with St George’s celebratory ale.

“The whole event was a joy to be a part of with a real sense of community.”