Pocktoberfest organisers say festival will come back stronger

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Pocktoberfest organisers have vowed to make next year’s event bigger and better then ever before following the disappointing cancellation of this year’s event last week.

The beer and music festival, which has been running at the Old Railway Station since 2011, usually sees a host of top musical acts and thousands of revellers descend on Pocklington, but essential building work on the venue proved a barrier too big for organisers to overcome this year.

Organisers are positive that with the extra time to organise the 2015 festival, the stage could be set for Pocktoberfest to outdo its previous successes.

Organiser Chris Waite, said: “Because the old railway station is a listed building, it’s taken an absolute age to get the planning permission for these essential building works.

“The beer festival part is easy, but to get the top acts you have to get them booked in April/May, and we just wouldn’t be able to get them at this late stage. We took this big decision to cancel the festival and we will now concentrate on making the event bigger and better next year.

“It takes a huge number of volunteers to make the festival happen and you need time to get that all organised and unfortunately we have just run out of time this year.”

Chris confirmed that despite the cancellation of the main Pocktoberfest event this year, the Round Table are planning to hold a small beer festival on the weekend the festival was due to take place at a new venue, which has yet to be announced.

James Duffy from Pocklington Arts Centre, who organise the festival with Pocklington and Market Weighton Round Table, said: “Due to essential maintenance and building work this year’s event had to cancelled.

“Whilst is this very unfortunate, it is something that could not have been foreseen. Over the last three years the festival and grown year on year and gained a excellent reputation on the festival circuit - we hope this will continue next year.

“Since the announcement was made last week, the event’s social media sites has received numerous messages of support with people already looking forward to 2015.”