Record crowds expected at Hull Real Ale and Cider Festival

Published: Friday 15th April 2016 by Tom Drinkall

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Holy Trinity Church expects record crowds to flock to this year’s Hull Real Ale and Cider Festival, which began on Thursday (April 14).

Up to 4,000 people are expected to attend the three-day event, which features more than 130 real ales and over 30 ciders.

Reverend Matt Woodcock, a pioneer minister at Holy Trinity Church, said: “Queueing was a problem last year as it has grown in popularity, but we hope we’ve countered that this year by extending the capacity by 500 people. So hopefully there’ll be no queues.

“One of our stone carvings is of a young woman serving what we think is beer and it’s evidence from 1320, that beer and wine were served in Holy Trinity Church in those days because the water was so poisonous in those days, so we feel we’re carrying on that tradition.”

Rev Woodcock hopes the redevelopment work will allow the church to host more events in the future.

He added: “When many of the pews in the nave have been removed and placed elsewhere, that will be the kind of space where exhibitors, where food and drink festivals, where all kind of things can happen at Holy Trinity. It will just make us a lot more flexible.”

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Published: Friday 15th April 2016 by Tom Drinkall

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