Welcome to the November edition of the Otley Pub Club newsletter. And a special welcome to our new subscribers.
As the bonfire ashes subside and damp squibs have all been extinguished, I reckon we’re full tilt on towards the dreaded (or lovely?) C word?
It’s nice to see the lights going up I must admit. Hopefully, lots of Otley businesses will take up the Christmas Tree offer and contribute to a lovely town atmosphere. Lights switch on in the Market Square on Monday 28th Nov from 5.30pm (lights at 7pm). Expect (more) fireworks, bands & choir, fairground rides, street theatre, Ronnie the Rhino, and Santa plus much more – should be a great evening.
We all know that the economic situation is affecting businesses of all sorts, as well as domestic users. With this in mind, it’s understandable that some of our bars and pubs are adjusting their opening hours accordingly. More details as we get them of course. We will try to keep our website up to date, but it’s a very fluid situation so please bear with us and our hard-pressed publicans. Perhaps, check out with the venue to confirm opening times?
Look out for news on the Manor House. A community bid is assembled. See more details below, and why not get involved?
Someone on Facebook the other day complaining Otley was dead in the evenings. And it got me thinking about all that’s going on with Quizzes, Karaoke, Meals, Bingo etc. etc. and of course Live Music, which can be found at (in no particular order!) – Junction, Rose&Crown, Otley Taps, White Swan, Whitakers, Black Horse, Bay Horse, Rookery, Horse&Farrier to name a few, plus ad hoc events at other pubs and bars. Dead town? I don’t think so!
Town mayor Linda Hoare is hosting an event this month to raise money for her three chosen charities for the year: Open Country, Otley & District Talking Newspaper and Dystonia UK. The event is a special gig featuring local bands Fauns and Graffiti. Held at the Black Horse on Friday November 18th, tickets cost 8/£5 concs from Otley Core (Unit 11, Orchard Gate) and the Black Horse.
Otley Beer Festival 2022
With much sadness we can confirm that the much-loved Otley Beer Festival will now no longer take place in 2022. Despite some herculean efforts, circumstances have contrived to make it impossible to get this year’s event up and running. But fear not, OBF 2023 is already in the planning stages.
A message from OBF Chairman, Ian Bearpark:
“Unfortunately, the Otley Beer Festival organising committee has decided it is not possible to arrange a festival this year (2022) and is putting its efforts into preparing for a venue-based festival in 2023.
Since 2002 the festival has been under the umbrella of Otley Parish Church and covered by their various procedures and insurances but following the amicable separation at the beginning of this year, it has not been possible to set up our own systems in time for this year’s festival.
We look forward to reviving this enjoyable and important charity fund-raising
event which has become one of Otley’s main community events next year.”
Check out https://www.otleybeerfestival.co.uk/
Otley Victorian Christmas Fayre 2022
But on the brighter side – The 35th Victorian Fayre returns on Sunday 4th December 2022 – Midday to 6pm. Always a great day for the town. Be sure to put the date in your diary! Programme of events and road layout available round town and on the Victorian Fayre website for download.
A message from the OVCF Facebook team:
“I can now confirm that there will be a parade around the Fayre at approximately 4.15pm. At the head will be some of the band members of Leeds Pipe Band, followed by Wayzgoose and the White Rose Yorkshire Steam Punks in all their amazing costumes.”
You can follow the build-up on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/otleyvictorianchristmasfayre
This year will again include the Otley Pub Club Victorian Alehouse competition where we will be inviting our local hostelries to dress in Victorian costume to compete for the magnificent Elise Brumfitt Trophy. Past years have really seen our pubs get into the spirit of the day and the competition (we have photographic evidence!) – hopefully we can get a good number involved again in providing entertainment, seasonal food, mulled wine/cider, mince pies etc – we will be in touch to see who’s in!
Otley’s latest Freehold pub is currently undergoing refurbishment. Watch this space for more news on potential opening date
OK, so we know that The Manor House pub has been put up for sale by owners Thwaites. It’s unfortunate that, for insurance purposes, Thwaites have had to put up steel shutters over the windows and doors making it look unsightly and not very attractive to the any potential buyers. But unavoidable I guess.
Remember the project has 2 key objectives:
- To save The Manor House as a truly historic pub
- To create a unique Community Pub in our famous pub town
There is to be an Open Public Meeting this Weds 9th Nov at 7.45pm upstairs at The Rookery on Kirkgate. The aim of the meeting is to introduce you to the Steering Group Committee who are running the bid, update on progress so far and give you the opportunity to get involved – or just come along to see what’s happening.
Please email: otleycommunitypub@gmail for further information or to offer support/funding.
The group’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/809850323595408
Or, you can follow the Community Pub Group on Twitter: @otleycommpub
NEW BAR! NOW OPEN! The Curious Hop Bière Café.
If you remember from last month, we announced a new bar opening in town. It’s a collaboration between our good friend Marcus @TheCuriousHop and Harrogate-based bar @MajorTomsSocial.
It’s in the old Groove Pad place in Orchard Gate. More info below, as it takes its place amongst the list of pubs and bars in our #FamousPubTown! Good luck to all involved – why not pop in and say hello??
The Fleece – Goodbye and Welcome!
It’s with great sadness that Otley said goodbye to the Fleece management team led by Geoff and Sarah. They’ve turned the pub round into one of the best dining places in the area winning multiple awards along the way. Massive thanks to Geoff and the team – you will be missed! And all the best of luck for whatever venture you take on next.
And with that, a very warm welcome to Emma Newbould and her partner Rob, who are taking over the mantle of managing this iconic Otley pub. May you go from strength to strength. Good luck for the future.
After a brief closure, great to see the Tav open for business again!
Monthly music “The Bay Horse Jam” – first Sunday of every month 3pm to 6pm – except December when it will be on the 11th.
A message from Jan & Dean:
“Come and join us on Sunday afternoon for an informal music session where you can sing, play, join in with other or just listen. Fresh sandwiches available for purchase. Everyone is welcome!”
Dominoes night every Wednesday from 7.30pm. Includes a free supper. Watch out for the announcement of a Poker night Mondays – dates and times tbc.
They’re doing some great charity work as always for the Hug-on-a-Tray girls. Raffles, hampers (ready for Christmas!) etc – great stuff!
- Mon & Tues: 4pm to 11pm
- Weds & Thurs: Midday to 11pm
- Fri & Sat: Midday to “Late”
- Sun: Midday to 11pm
And don’t forget the Bay Horse Courtyard Bazaar on the last Sunday of the month to coincide with the Farmers’ Market – 27th Nov. and indeed, every Sunday in December! 4th, 11th & 18th (10am to 3pm)
Also, Victorian Fayre day 4th Dec also sees the Bazaar 11am to 4pm,
Karaoke & Disco Nights every Friday and Saturday 8pm til midnight with DJ Fozzie.
Drinks offers ongoing:
House Doubles £3.50 with a “dash”, £4.50 with Premium Mixer
Double up on Premium Spirits for just £1.50 extra
Mon-Fri Happy Hour 3pm to 5pm 50p off selected drinks
- Sun – Thurs = 11am – 11pm
- Fri & Sat = 11am – Midnight
Lovely home-cooked food with lots of fantastic reviews. Kitchen opening hours:
- Mon – Fri = Midday – 3pm
- Sat & Sun = Midday – 5pm
Tuesdays is Pie Time – Pie Tuesdays – Pie and a pint for £9. Served 12-9pm with Kirkstall Core Cask range.
Wednesdays = BOGOF Burgers – Buy One Get One Free!
Also, 3rd December Stables Maker’s Market – more details to follow
Great food menu available here https://blackhorseotley.co.uk/food-and-drink/
And don’t forget the lovely, refurbished rooms
Bar Opening Times:
- Sun to Weds: Midday – 10pm
- Thurs: Midday – 11pm
- Fri & Sat: Midday – Midnight
- Tues to Sat: Midday – 8pm
- Sun: Midday – 7pm
Also, at the BH:
“Fancy trying a new hobby? Intrigued to try Life Drawing? Then come along to the weekly #drinkanddraw at the Black Horse. Every Thursday 7-9pm Entry from 6.30pm. £7 a session. Bring your own materials. All abilities welcome!”
- Mon to Thur: 8am to Midnight
- Fri & Sat: 8am to 1am
- Sun: 8am to 11pm
Tel: 01943 858980
Tuesday Quiz night from 8pm. Bingo, trivia and potential cash prizes.
Cross Pipes (Otley’s newest Freehouse!)
Re-opening soon after re-furbishment.
The Curious Hop Bière Café
Remember it’s in Orchard Gate – the old Groove Pad place.
Expect 3 hand-pulled ales, a selection of speciality and foreign kegs, ciders and spirits. We’re dog friendly.
- Closed on Mondays
- Tuesday to Thursday 3pm-11pm
- Friday & Saturday 12noon-11pm
- Sunday 12noon-10:30pm.
Upstairs room bookable (free!) for about 20 people. For any more details email email@example.com
Finally, for anyone worried, the @curioushop bottle shop is still open and trading around the corner on Newmarket.
Pop in and have a drink next time you’re passing. Marcus and the team are sure to give you the warmest of welcomes!
Under new management – welcome to Otley, Emma and Rob! See our Pub of the Month feature later in this newsletter
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday to Thursday: Midday to 10.30pm
- Friday & Saturday: Midday to 11pm
- Sunday: Midday to 9pm
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday to Thursday: Midday to 8pm
- Friday & Saturday: Midday to 8.30pm
- Sunday: Midday to 5pm
New menus available on their Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/TheFleeceOtley
We’re waiting on news of the meal and drinks offers which will return once the new team have their feet well and truly under the table.
Horse and Farrier
Regular weekend live acts – check out their Facebook page below for details. Some fantastic artists appearing.
Sunday 13th Nov at 7pm – the wonderful Ellie Gowers. Tickets https://www.wegottickets.com/event/540153
Open Mic night every Thursday at 8pm led by local musician, gig organiser and brewer Paul Briscoe. Everyone is welcome, either to perform or just to sit, drink and listen.
Don’t forget the 4 fantastic rooms for B&B!
- Mon to Weds: Midday – 10pm
- Thurs to Sat: Midday – 11pm
- Sunday: Midday – 10:30pm
- Weds – Sat: 12-8pm
Live music every Tuesday and Saturday.
Keep your eyes on their social media as there may be last minute alterations to the booked acts: https://www.facebook.com/thejunctioninnotley
Open from midday to 11pm every day
North Bar Social
Open from midday every day and closes at 11pm, except for Friday and Saturday (midnight) and Sunday (10pm)
Always a great drinks selection. Watch out for music events at the Woolpack next door plus Street Food vendors regularly setting up.
Usually post daily on Facebook with changing beer options. Give them a follow: https://www.facebook.com/theoldcockotley/?fref=ts
Opening hours: 11am to 11pm
Big screen sports entertainment. DJs Friday and Saturday nights
Opening hours: 10.30am to 11pm daily, (except close midnight Friday)
New menus on their Facebook page and website: https://www.roebuckpub.co.uk/our-food/
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday to Saturday: 11:30am – 10:00pm
- Sunday: 11:30am – 8:00pm
- Monday – Closed
- Tuesday to Friday inclusive 12.00 – 2.30pm & 5.30pm – 8.30pm
- Saturday 12 noon – 2.30pm & 5.30pm – 8.30pm
- Sunday 12:00 – 6.00pm
Rookery Bar & Venue
The new menu has landed and is now available. Some old, some new, call in and see what made the cut. #241cocktails runs from 5pm till 10pm every open day
Great news! The next Rookery Comedy Club is 11th Nov at 8pm. Tickets: https://ticket247.co.uk/Event/112279 – get yourselves along for a cracking night!
- Monday – Closed
- Tuesday – 4 till midnight
- Wednesday – Closed
- Thursday to Saturday – 4 till midnight
- Sunday – 4 till 10.30
Upstairs at the Rookery – Film Club now have their own Facebook site. Check it out for listings and updates: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1149769698934843/
This month’s Film Club – Sunday 27th Nov
- 12.30pm DC League of SuperPets (U)
- 3.30pm See How They Run – The greatest murder ever staged (12A)
- 6.30pm Brad Pitt in Bullet Train (15)
Win 2 Tickets to one of our Christmas Movies – https://www.facebook.com/510136746/videos/527458158854141/
We all know it is really too early for Christmas talk, but we wanted to run an amazing competition this month, as well as tease what is happening in December.
So comment below the movies you see in the video (link above) and one of you will win 2 tickets to one of our Christmas Movies.
Winners will be announced on the 27th November – Good luck!
And dates for your diary: The Dunwells return by popular demand for 2 nights Tues & Weds 27th & 28th December – get your tickets in early to avoid disappointment.
Rookery’s Facebook page for more details/prices/times:
Rose & Crown
Alongside the Tuesday “Bring Your Own Cheese” night and Thursday Bingo (see below for detail on both) there’s now Wednesday Quiz Night at 8.30pm – check out their Facebook site or call in and see Steve for more details.
Tuesdays to Thursdays “Plenty 4 Twenty” From a set menu, choose 2 courses for 2 people for £20
Also, on now, Tuesdays to Fridays – Lunch and a drink for just £8.99
And, Christmas bookings are now being taken for the Festive Fayre (22nd Nov to 24th Dec) and Christmas Day menus. You can book on-line at their website and view the menus.
Every day Midday to 11pm, except closed Monday and close at 10.30pm Sunday
Kitchen Hours are Tuesday to Saturday: Midday to 4pm and then again 5pm to 9pm – the evening meals are proving to be very popular and a great addition to food options generally in Otley.
Sunday Midday til 6pm
Current menu (and also where you can reserve a table) on the new website: https://www.roseandcrownotley.com/
Telephone: 01943 850180
Don’t forget! Bring Your Own Cheese aka BYOC. Every Tuesday from 8pm.
Thursdays cash prize Bingo kicking off at 8pm where there’s money and loads of other really random (and we mean RANDOM) prizes to be won! £10 to play which gives you 6 games – all entrance money then gets split up on each game. If you fancy coming for your tea beforehand, we’ll give all bingo players 10% off your bill. WOW!
First Sunday of every month Live Music Open Mic night from 7.30pm hosted by the fantastic Marshalls & Friends
The special Royalty Christmas Menu (1st to 26th Dec – except Christmas Day) is available for viewing on the Facebook site. Bookings are coming in already so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Great offer from up t’hill:
2 Meals & A Bottle of Wine – £34.95 All Day, Monday to Friday. Enjoy 2 new choices from our new menu and any bottle of wine.
Yes, a lovely new menu https://the-royalty.co.uk/menus/main-menu/ including extensive new gluten free options https://the-royalty.co.uk/menus/gluten-free-menu/
- Monday to Saturday: Midday to 9.30pm – food til 8pm
- Sunday: Midday to 7.30pm – food til 6pm
Last bookings 15mins before closing time
Book your table now https://togo.uk.com/makeBookingv2?venueid=890&nv=true
Also, up at The Royalty, The Royalty Road Show has finished for the season. A wonderful local initiative that attracted enthusiasts from far and wide. Hopefully they’ll return in Spring next year. Follow their Facebook page to get news of future events: https://www.facebook.com/TheRoyaltyRoadShow/
Ian’s doing some wonderful stuff outside of his normal openings. He’s had the men’s and women’s support group (separate events), plus book club meeting, private parties booking the place out – great stuff.
Other than the Tap Room Talks, regular hours are Fri & Sat 6-10pm
Check out Shadow’s Facebook site for dates and times of the mid-week Taproom Talks
Live acoustic music sessions Sunday evenings
Monday is Burger offer day (midday to 9.30pm) – burger, fries and a drink for £9.45
Kids eat for £1 – 7 days a week!! The summer hols offer has been extended to 30th December. With every adult burger and fries purchased, 2 children can eat for £1 each off the kids menu. Eating in only. 12.00-19.00 only. Check with management for eligibility before ordering.
New Ale Club offer from 2nd Nov includes Red Bull and Guinness!! Midday to 5pm Mon to Thurs. All pints are £2.90
Quiz Night every Tues at 8.15pm (incl Play your cards right):
1st Place – £50 Otley Burger Co Voucher
2nd Place – £20 Bar Tab
3rd Place – £15 O’Fresh Voucher
Picture Round – £10 O’Deli Voucher
All shots £2.50!!!
New cask ales regularly – check out https://www.facebook.com/theotleytaphouse for what’s on today
Hours: Midday to Midnight every day – except close 10.30pm Sunday
Telephone: 01943 466755
Back open – great to see!!
Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/theotleytav
A message from Andy & Monica:
“We apologise to all our customers. Our amended times are due to staff shortages and also the outrageous increase in the cost of utilities. We shall stay open later whenever possible. Thank you for your understanding”
Bar Opening Times:
- Monday & Tuesday: 11.30am to 6pm
- Wednesday: CLOSED
- Thursday: 11.30am to 6pm
- Friday: Midday to 10pm
- Saturday: Midday to 11pm
- Sunday: Midday to 6pm
- Every day Midday to 3pm (except closed Weds)
Kitchen hours:Happy hour(s) – Mon to Fri 4pm to 6pm 50p off selected pints and £1 off bottles of wine – Great stuff!
Facebook (for menus, events etc.): https://www.facebook.com/whitakersotley
Watch Social Media for regular upcoming Friday live acoustic sessions. https://www.facebook.com/thewhiteswan_otley
All the big screen sports are on!
Open daily Midday to 11pm
Seniors’ Lunch every Thursday 12 until 2pm – JUST £3.99! Extensive menu. Add a dessert for just £1.50 – also, hot and cold drink offers! Brilliant stuff!
The Yew Tree are massive dog lovers, and now have a new ‘doggy carvery’ every Sunday from midday to 4pm. When you eat, your best friend can eat alongside you!!! Just £1.50 per dog for meat scraps, healthy veggies and a little gravy! (All proceeds donated to Moorview Rescue).
All new Quiz Night starts on SUNDAY at the earlier time of 8.30pm. New format, new prizes and free supper! Also, new Eliminator following quiz, with Jackpot builder!
- Monday to Wednesday: 4pm – 11.30pm
- Thursday: 12pm – 11.30pm
- Friday& Saturday: 2pm – 11.30pm
- Sunday: 12pm – 11.30pm
Yes it’s getting towards that time of year. A message from the YT team:
“Our annual Christmas Fair is on Sat 10th December this year! If you are interested in holding a stall, we have a few spaces left! All we request is a donation to Moorview Rescue!
Message or ring on 01943 461330 x”
The Fair includes Homemade Crafts, Christmas Gifts, Tombolas, Toys, Local Charities, Food and of course, drink!
Also, Christmas Party Nights are back. 3 course Christmas Banquet, DJ & Disco.
- Friday 2nd Dec (Fully Booked!)
- Sat 10th Dec
- Fri 16th Dec
- Sat 17th Dec
Why not get together with friends, family or workmates (min 4 people per group) for a fabulous party night for just £19.95! £5pp deposit required. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01943 461330 or message to book now!
LOCAL CHARITIES AND BUSINESSES…… We are hiring out the use of our Lounge room FREE OF CHARGE for you to host your own party nights or charity events!
Just send us a message if you’d like to book an evening in! (We are able to provide microphone if needed!).
But here’s a recurring plea to all the landlords in town – please drop us a line to email@example.com if there’s something you want us to put in the newsletter! Although we try to share all your social media posts, we don’t sit reading Facebook and Twitter all day every day and scanning them all every month when we’re producing the news for our 700 readers takes hours. Worse than that, some of the media – even on websites – might be out of date, but we have no real way of knowing, so we might be giving out completely wrong information!
Also please note that the offers and prices are correct to the best of our knowledge. Please check with the venue whilst ordering. OPC cannot be responsible for any discrepancies.
PUB OF THE MONTH this month is The Fleece
The Fleece is a just a bit different from your average Otley town centre pub. For a start it’s not in the town centre – although it’s only a gentle 10 minute stroll out west to get there. Then when you do arrive it looks more like a standalone roadside inn, which is appropriate when you remember that inns were known for providing food as well as drinks to weary travellers. The Fleece sits proudly in the number 1 spot on TripAdvisor for all restaurants in Otley, and 53 in the whole of West Yorkshire thanks to the hard work and dedication of landlords Geoff and Sarah.
The couple moved into The Fleece early in 2018 and set about making it a pub that was based firmly around its food offering. Of course, we all know what happened just 2 years later, when the first round of Covid restrictions really made the pub trade suffer. The Fleece was one of the pubs locally that was giving beer away rather than pouring it down the drain when they weren’t allowed to open, which was great for us – but not so much for landlords and brewers! Strangely though, Sarah said that the post-lockdown restrictions helped them to manage the pub more like a restaurant, as customers had got used to waiting at the entrance to be allocated a table, where they would then be served.
Now here comes the rub! Geoff and Sarah have decided they want a rest from the constant grind of running a pub. As Sarah said, they’ll be able to see each other again, rather than one working in the kitchen every day and the other in the pub! They’re going to have a well-earned 6 month break from work before deciding what their next challenge will be, and their final day open to the public was Wednesday October 26th. So where does that leave The Fleece?
Well, you’ll be glad to know that despite pubs up and down the country closing their doors permanently every single week, The Fleece is still going strong. It only stopped serving for a week, and new publicans Rob and Emma took on the mantle of running it – opening the doors again on Thursday November 3rd. One of the reasons the handover was so smooth was that they had actually been working at the pub for the previous 8 months, after leaving premises in Burley in Wharfedale. Rob in the kitchen and Emma in front of house. So, they’re familiar with what their existing customers like, but will also want to put their own stamp on the food and drink on offer.
Rob said the food menu would continue to be based on good quality traditional pub classics as it had been previously, but with perhaps a few changes on the daily menu and for Sunday dinners. [You can find the new menu in the posts on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheFleeceOtley/ and the new website will be launched soon at https://www.thefleeceotley.co.uk/index
They’ll continue to have a range of real ales as well as all the other lagers and ciders on offer, but Rob wants to see the place reverting more to its pre-Covid days as a pub with a good food offer, rather than a restaurant that sells good beer! Dogs will still be welcome with drinkers in the snug, and there’ll be a special ‘dining with dogs’ area in the separate room to the right as you go in the front door.
And finally, there’s The Fleece’s unique selling point – the garden stretching down to the river. Rob wants to make that whole outside space more of a ‘standalone’ area, but I guess he and Emma have enough on their hands just taking over the whole business, so watch out for more developments next year. In the meantime, if you haven’t taken that 10-minute walk up Westgate for a while, or you didn’t feel you could just call in for a drink with your mates as it felt like a restaurant, why not give the Fleece a try sometime. (It’s got a blazing fire for when the cold sets in too!)
A massive THANK YOU!!! Otley Pub Club’s JustGiving campaign was launched in July and we are delighted by the donations we’ve received so far – from far and wide!! Remember, our only source of income previously has been our Premier Membership card, which offered discounts at local pubs and bars. We decided post-Covid that this was not in the best interest of our hard-working publicans to beg them for money off when finances were tight. Even more so now in the economic crisis we all face. So we have temporarily suspended the Card scheme.
All of the contributions have provided valuable funds (primarily to pay off long standing debt) for us as we continue our aim of promoting and protecting Otley’s great pubs and bringing in much needed revenue to all businesses in the town generally. BUT, we haven’t closed the appeal. More funds would allow us to do more promotions.
We understand times are hard, but just the price of small round of drinks would help us tremendously. Every little helps. Thank you in advance.
Otley Pub Club meet up in a different pub in Otley on the first Thursday of every month to discuss anything and everything happening in Otley and in it’s pubs, and everybody is welcome to join us. We start at about 7pm to discuss any semi-formal stuff, then finish with that at 8pm and spend the rest of the evening chatting about whatever comes up. We’ll usually visit 3 pubs during the evening
So, if you fancy perhaps seeing the inside of a pub that you’ve never been in; or you’ve got a burning issue about Otley’s pubs that you’ve been dying to share; or maybe if you just fancy a drink and a chat and all your mates are doing something else; check out the times on our Facebook event page for our next meeting and you can join us at any time in any of the pubs along the way.
We’ll be in these pubs and at least one of us will be wearing something black with an obvious Otley Pub Club logo on it so we’re recognisable!
Next Pub Club Social: Thursday 1st December 2022. Venues and times will be posted on our Social Media nearer the time. Watch out for the Facebook event.
Well folks, that’s it for this month. Please remember, if you want to get in touch email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or why not come along to one of our monthly socials.
Cheers for now. See you all out and about in our #FamousPubTown
The OPC Committee
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