‘Cheers’, join us for a pint

Holbeck Gala 2016

Come and join Friends of Holbeck Cemetery at Holbeck Gala this Saturday, 1st July from 12 midday to 4 pm, and have a pint of local Real ale.

This year The Friends of Holbeck Cemetery, together with Holbeck Christian Fellowship, are sponsoring the Real Ale in the Holbeck Gala Beer Tent. The Real ales will be very local to Holbeck,  have a pint or a half of :-

Leeds Brewery Midnight Bell, Leeds Best and Kirkstall Brewery’s Three Swords –all at £3 a pint or £1:50 for a half. Great taste at a great price.As well as real ales there will Lager, cider , wine and selected spirits Don’t worry if its a damp day either  there is plenty of room undercover in the beer tent. There is food available at other stalls at the Gala so you wont go hungry either. **(Other sponsors include Carlsberg  who are sponsoring the cider, Bookers, Elland Road,who are providing the wine and the L.H.A.Garage Pelican works, Wood Lane Rothwell.)


It may seem a  strange action for FOHC to sponsor beer  at Holbeck Gala ,but its quite logical  , as many of the cemetery’s ‘residents’ were connected the beer industry.  The large black marble memorial that stands at the right of the main entrance gates  celebrates the family of Joseph and Rachel Barker, Innkeepers of the Waggon and Horses , Holbeck. Many other memorials are for  brewers and  beer-sellers such as Thomas H Bentley of The Lord Nelson, William Broadbent , publican, Union Inn, James Barker of New Harrogate Inn Beer-house, who is also listed as a ‘Brewer’s Engineer’ ; Benjamin Roberts of Old Dusty Miller, Elland Road ;Joseph Tempest who was an important Maltster, William Webster of The Foundry Inn, James Hope of the Nelson Inn and Elizabeth Barraclough of the Old Peacock Inn.


They would have been very busy on the days of the Holbeck Feasts which at one point featured activities such as horse-racing, cock-fighting, man–fighting , wrestling and running. This was besides the automata, sideshows, shooting galleries,peep-shows, Punch and Judy,photo-booths,swing-boats and whirligigs.the working class may have been poor but they enjoyed a full and rich communal life. Sadly ,from about 1881 the feasts began to be more commercial and more impersonal with fairgrounds and rides dominating the events rather than  community -run . Today Holbeck Gala is  community led once more , perhaps a bit smaller  but   it provides a good day out for the locals with various stalls, music, children’s entertainment, food stalls  and a Beer tent.

So come and join us and help  to continue a great tradition on Holbeck Moor.



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