IT IS not unusual for male voice choirs to relax after rehearsals with a glass in their hand.
Now Gledholt Male Voice Choir is taking that idea one step further by holding a real ale festival.
But the festival, which is at Wellington Mills, Lindley next weekend, won’t stop them singing.
The event will run over two nights but on the Saturday, the Gledholt men will be giving a taste of their musical skills and they hope members of other choirs might want to join them.
“It is not expected that anyone will be arrested for singing at the beer festival so it is safe to turn up and sing with us on March 20,” said a choir spokesman.
What he is referring to is an incident when choir members set about raising money for charity when they were in London for a concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
“The day after the concert, which was in aid of Yorkshire Cancer Research, the choir decided to raise more money by singing in Covent Garden,” he said.
“They formed up and were starting to sing when a policeman appeared and promptly arrested the conductor for busking without a licence.
“In subsequent years, the choir wisely obtained a licence and with the support of other choirs, particularly locals choirs, raised a lot of money.”
The choir has obviously been delving into licensing issues of a different sort for next weekend’s event which is part of the choir’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
It is expected that there will be at least 15 different real ales on offer with some of them being brewed locally.
Mallinson’s brewery is little more than a step away from the Heritage Coffee Mill and bistro where the event is being held and it is hoped they will produce a Gledholt Guzzler specially for the festival.
The event starts on Friday at 8pm and more pints will be served up from noon on Saturday.
Food and entertainment will be available on both days.
Folk group The Good Egg Band will be in residence on Friday night with duo, Fishing For Compliments in action on Saturday afternoon.
The male voice choir take over the entertainment on the closing night and hope the event will bring them new friends, possibly new singers and a few pounds for choir funds.
The £3.50 admission includes a commemorative glass, and a souvenir programme