Twenty years ago two mates were working as glass collectors in Leeds bemused by the lack of decent beer in the city.
Now John Gyngell and Christian Townsley are the directors of beer lovers’ institution, North Bar, which is celebrating its 20th birthday with a party and £20,000 charity fundraiser.
A special edition 20th anniversary beer has been brewed at North Brewing Company in collaboration with Danish brewery Dry and Bitter.
Proceeds will go to Leeds based charity St Gemma’s Hospice and the release of the charity beer sees the launch of NB20 - a year of fundraising activities across all seven North Bar venues in Leeds, Otley and Harrogate.
Staff and patrons will take part in challenges and events, from barbecues to bike rides, with the aim of raising £20,000 for St Gemma’s.
Mr Gyngell said: “The love people have for all of our bars is incredible, so we wanted to mark the anniversary by getting as many people involved as possible and giving something back.”
A birthday party tomorrow will also see a limited run of 150 NB20 charity party bags being sold in the bar. The specially-designed tote bags will include copies of the 20th anniversary zine which features interviews and illustrations contributed by regulars and members of staff, as well as T-shirts, beer and other surprises.
The event is open to the public and all North Bar fans are invited to join the celebrations which will run all day until late, with DJs, balloons, cake and free use of the popular North Bar photo-booth.