Morris dancers to haul beercart through Ossett for festival

Horbury Street Fair. Wakefield Morris Dancers
Horbury Street Fair. Wakefield Morris Dancers

The first ever Ossett Beercart Festival is set to take place this weekend.

It will raise funds for Wakefield Hospice and the unconventional festival will be the first of its kind.

The event which starts at Ossett Town Hall tonight at 7pm and runs until Sunday, June 8, will feature beers and bells.

Wakefield Morris Dancers, along with other local teams, will be dancing throughout the festival.

And the main event of the weekend will take place on Saturday, when more than 100 morris dancers will pull a beercart from Ossett Brewery all the way to the town hall.

The beer festival will then be officially opened in the town hall, followed by a full day of morris dancing in the town centre.

John Earnshaw, squire of Wakefield Morris, said “A year ago the idea of the Beercart didn’t exist so I’m delighted that we’ve managed to pull everything together in time for next weekend.

“Even if the weather is poor we will still have an excellent beer festival, and a superb selection of dancing in the town hall.”

The beercart will travel up Healey Road turning left at the top and then onto Queen Street before completing a circuit of the town centre.

Eventually the cart will be turning right onto Station Road and into the precinct before stopping at the town hall.

Police have warned people to expect delays and advising motorists to find alternative routes and to drive carefully.