Hull's Holy Trinity Church hosts beer festival

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Media captionThe church's cool temperature is ideal for serving ale

Thousands of real ale lovers are being welcomed into an East Yorkshire church for a beer festival.

The Hull Real Ale and Cider Festival is being held at Holy Trinity Church, in the city centre, for the first time.

Pioneer minister the Reverend Matt Woodcock said he thought it was the kind of event Jesus would have enjoyed.

Organiser Stewart Campbell said the opportunity to move to the church - which has a cool temperature ideal for serving ale - was too good to pass up.

He added: "Holy Trinity has been at the centre of the community for centuries and we are looking forward to holding the festival in such an historic building."

Mr Woodcock said: "I think Jesus was all about people engaging in their everyday lives and wasn't someone who would have expected people to come into some big holy moment.

"He went out to them, he went where the people were, he was constantly at parties, he was at weddings, and I absolutely believe he would have been here with a glass of real ale in his hand, talking to people about what really matters in life."

The Reverend Dr Neal Barnes, vicar of Holy Trinity, said he was "partial to a glass of real ale" and he wanted to support local businesses who were involved in the festival, which is in its 34th year.

"I'm sure those attending will respect our wonderful building and drink responsibly," he said.

About 2,000 people are expected to consume the festival's 5,500 pints. The event runs until 22:00 BST on Saturday.

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