9 October 2017


Otley Pub Club reports ‘action packed’ year

Call for more volunteers


Otley Pub Club has reported an ‘action packed’ year with many events in its aim of supporting and promoting the town’s pubs.


Club chairman Andy FitzGerald in his report at the club’s annual general meeting last week (October 5), held at the Yew Tree pub, said: “We have had one of our busiest years with events and activities which help to promote Otley as a famous pub town and play an active part in the life of the community.”


Activities included publishing and distributing a reprint of the popular Historic Ale Trail guide, taking part in many of Otley’s main events such as the Walking, Food, Folk and Beer festivals and the Victorian Fayre. The highlight of the year was the televised launch of the project to rename all the town’s pubs with the names of Yorkshire celebrities. A poll was held for Yorkshire Day when 21 celebrities chosen by a popular vote were paired with pubs. The club and pubs will now invite the chosen celebrities to visit their pub and the town on Yorkshire Day next year.

The chairman also invited more members to take an active part in the club. “We welcome anyone who likes pubs, Otley, good company and good beer. What’s not to like about that? We have monthly socials and even if you don’t do meetings you can still get involved in any of our events. Details are on our website, and monthly newsletters.”

Andy FitzGerald thanked the committee members for their involvement, the pubs and various sponsors and supporters including Ilkley Brewery, Doris Dent estates and Otley Camera Club. Looking forward to the next 12 months, he said the Club would be running the Elise Brumfit Award for the best dressed pub at the Victorian Fayre, and will be supporting many of the town’s main events including celebrations to mark the 300th anniversary of Thomas Chippendale and the renaming of Otley’s pubs for 2018 Yorkshire Day.



Otley Pub Club is an organisation created by local pub supporters and local publicans. Free to join, it is a way for Otley people to support their local pubs and enjoy the wide selection of real ales and for publicans to communicate with each other and their customers. The club campaigns on behalf of pubs where needed and organises social events, runs a web site and publishes a popular monthly newsletter and the successful Ale Trail Guide. For more information visit


Photo caption: Otley Pub Club chairman, Andy FitzGerald (right) presents Dave Pentelow with his prize for winning the Club’s on-line survey competition to pair Yorkshire celebrity names with Otley pubs for Yorkshire day.



Press enquiries:

Andrew McKeon Tel: 07802 484 155.

Andy FitzGerald. Chairman Otley Pub Club: Tel: 07585 702804


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