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CAMRA Cancels 2020 St Albans Beer & Cider Festival To Focus Efforts On Recovery Of Local Pubs

Issued: 25th May 2020 (for immediate use)

The 2020 St Albans Beer & Cider Festival - which would have been the 25th held in the city - will not take place, its organisers have announced.

The popular festival, organised by the South Hertfordshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), and traditionally held each September at the Alban Arena, will now skip a year and not take place again until 2021.

Although the social distancing measures currently in place may be lifted by September, the difficult decision to call off the festival has been taken at this stage, recognising the devastating impact coronavirus has had on the local pub trade.

In place of the usual extravaganza featuring more than 400 beers and ciders, CAMRA is hoping to organise smaller scale events later this year to celebrate great beer, as well as showcase St Albans' excellent pubs.

The team is also planning for an even bigger and better event back at the Arena in September 2021.

Festival organiser John Bishop said:

"While many things are uncertain about the current situation, one thing we can be sure of is that the forced closure of pubs has put their future at great risk.

"The festival is organised entirely by volunteers and is a huge collective effort. While this wasn't an easy decision for the organising committee, we are all pubgoers and enthusiasts first and foremost. After a lot of discussion we all agreed that, once the lockdown is eased, we want to spend the rest of 2020 putting 100 per cent of our efforts into helping pubs get back on their feet.

"Sometimes it takes being deprived of something to realise just how important it is. We invite anyone who is missing their local pubs over this period to join CAMRA, and get involved in the fight to safeguard this crucial part of our society and culture for the long term."

Updates about all future events will be published on the St Albans Beer & Cider Festival's pages on Facebook and Twitter. To find out more about CAMRA or to join the Campaign, see www.camra.org.uk.

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For further information:

Visit the Festival site on stalbansbeerfestival.org.uk

John Bishop: 07720 295419
Festival Organiser