Although autumn came in with a bang just hours before the start of the Trundle and Beer Festival, the weather was relatively kind on the day.
Proceedings started almost on time with the Trundle at noon, when 5 teams battled it out to win the York Augustus Trophy. Some took the race seriously others, as can be seen by the fancy dress, less so.
Presenting the winners with the trophy is Gez Hopkins, direct descendent of York Augustus Hopkins, the farmer who 100+ years ago took a barrel of beer up to Beer Barrel Oak on the Chase, for the workers who had brought in the harvest and thus was the inspiration for the Trundle.
Numbers were up on last year and many stayed to enjoy the spit roast, see the Fire Brigade cabaret and listen to the two live bands.
Andrew Hammond, GVFB Commanding Officer, told Geddington.net that:
“With another Trundle over my overwhelming feeling is one of thanks for all the people that made it happen. As you would imagine with an event such as this, there is an awful lot of work going on behind the scenes: setting up the course, providing beer and food, erecting stages, booking bands, thinking up entertainment, dressing up and so on. My sincere thanks to everyone in the GVFB, the Star and the Teams for making the event such a success and I hope everyone had a good time.
Thanks to everyone for coming along, and in the most part the weather proved to be OK – so much better than last year! If you enjoyed the day, please do consider putting in a team for next year – I promise that it’s great fun – even when dressed as a sugar plum fairy!”
A spokesperson for the Star commented that:
“It was a great day at the Trundle & Beer Festival, thanks to all that visited. The bands were great and the ale was flowing, hope not too many sore heads on Monday morning!”
GVFB Proceeds from the event will be put towards their Senior Citizens’ evening to be held later in the year