Club’s celebration to mark 125 years

Mirfield Knowl Club is celebrating its 125th anniversary this weekend - the main event being a beer festival. Bar manager Paul Moon with 10 year member Barry Tingle. (D535C327)
Mirfield Knowl Club is celebrating its 125th anniversary this weekend - the main event being a beer festival. Bar manager Paul Moon with 10 year member Barry Tingle. (D535C327)
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A social club that was threatened with closure last year is to celebrate its 125th birthday with a weekend of fun.

A group of volunteers took over the running of Mirfield Knowl Club last October to keep the historic club open.

And they will toast their success with a three day beer festival that the club in Knowl Road from Friday July 5.

Club committee member Sarah Ellis got involved with the campaign to keep the venue open last year. She said: “I went there with my parents when I was younger. Like a lot of people I grew up in the club.”

Members of the community pulled together to keep it open, with many working for free – and now Mrs Ellis said a welcoming atmosphere and investment was helping the club to thrive.

“I think people thought that we wouldn’t stay open,” she added. “Clubs are closing down two a penny but we are doing really well.”

The club will open on July 6 at 10am for the final British Lions test and there will be a family disco from 5pm.

The venue, which was formally known as Mirfield Liberal Club, is open to non-members – something the committee wants to promote.

“I think people just walk past without realising we are there,” said Mrs Ellis. “We’ve always joked that we are Mirfield’s best kept secret.”