Raising a glass to Knutsford May Day

Knutsford Beer Festival has chosen the town’s Royal May Day Festival as one of its community projects for the year.

“Knutsford Royal May Day is a fantastic local cause,” said the Beer Festival’s marketing manager, Rachel Bishop. “We know smaller local charities struggle for funding compared with larger charities and we wanted to ensure we chose a local Knutsford charity.”

The first Knutsford Beer Festival took place in 2014 in the then-vacant Old Town Hall, which is now The Lost & Found.

This year’s event takes place at The Courthouse from Thursday-Saturday, April 11th-13th, with sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and Saturday afternoon.

Rachel Bishop - Knutsford Beer Festival marketing, Paul Langley - Knutsford Beer Festival entertainment, Sophie Howarth – 2018 Knutsford May Queen - Eliza Bishop - wearing the May Day 'bridesmaid' costume, Ruben Pita - The Courthouse general manager, Mia Gibbons - The Courthouse Rachel Bishop-Knutsford Beer Festival marketing, Paul Langley-Knutsford Beer Festival entertainment, Sophie Howarth– 2018 Knutsford May Queen, Eliza Bishop- wearing the May Day ‘bridesmaid’ costume, Ruben Pita-The Courthouse general manager, Mia Gibbons-The Courthouse

The Festival has raised more than £16,000 for various local charities to-date.

In addition to all profits from ticket and beer sales going to good causes, the Courthouse will be contributing £1 for every beverage or food item that it has provided.

“I would like to thank our sponsorship team,” said Rachel. “We already have some great companies on board.

We still have some fantastic sponsorship packages available. Any interested businesses should contact the sponsorship team by email at sponsor@knutsfordbeerfestival.org.uk.”

Eileen Podmore, Knutsford Royal May Day committee secretary, Eileen Podmore, said: “We are absolutely delighted and immensely grateful that Knutsford Beer Festival has decided to nominate us – a small Knutsford group – as one of its community projects for the year.

It costs in excess of £37,000 each year to put on the May Day and the news that Knutsford Beer Festival is supporting us has been welcomed by the entire committee.

Now in its 155th year, the procession has grown and involves more than 500 of the area’s children. It’s amazing when you talk to children about May Day just how many say their mother or father wore the exact same costume as them. It makes you realise just how old some of the costumes must be.”

Rachel added: “Having lived in Knutsford for many years, or in the case of some of our team, for their whole lives, it is a charity close to our hearts. We hope our donation will fund the new sword dancers’ costumes. We know some of the costumes are now quite old and in need of repair. Knutsford Royal May Day is such a significant and historic event in Knutsford and we are proud to support it.”

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