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Beckenham Beer and Cider festival to round off Jubilee celebrations

PUBLISHED: 09:18 01 June 2012

John Middlemiss,Tom Phillips,Bob Gray,Bob Keaveney,Phil Leyshon,Geraldine Rolfe and Peter Rolfe raise a toast to Beckenham Beer festival

John Middlemiss,Tom Phillips,Bob Gray,Bob Keaveney,Phil Leyshon,Geraldine Rolfe and Peter Rolfe raise a toast to Beckenham Beer festival

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The Jubilee celebrations will be rounded off by the Beckenham Beer and Cider Festival.

The event is organised by the newly formed Bromley branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is holding the Beckenham Beer and Cider Festival at Beckenham Rugby Club in Balmoral Avenue from today (June 7) to Saturday (June 9).

Festival Organiser, Geraldine Rolfe, said: “Our aim is to make this year’s festival, bigger and even better than last year. We’ve taken account of our visitors’ comments and we’ve increased the variety and quantity of ales, ciders and perrys and we’ll have a marquee with live acoustic music on Friday evening and all day Saturday. We’ll also have a tombola stall in the clubhouse.”

Her husband, Peter Rolfe, the branch acting chairman, said: “We hope this festival will not only attract fans of real ale but also those who are willing to try something different. Many drinkers are converting to real ale and real cider including women and under 30’s. CAMRA is convinced that well run pubs and beer festivals are part of the solution to anti-social drinking.”

Catering will be provided by the Big Fat Greek Bar-B-Q and the Rugby Club bar will be open for soft drinks etc.

Last year the festival was held over two days and started with 35 real ales plus cider and perry. Attendance exceeded expectation and an additional 15 ales and extra cider were brought in and sold out by the end of the second day. This year’s festival over three days and start with a choice of 60 different real ales and over 20 ciders and perrys, more than 5,000 pints fro drinkers to enjoy in total.

The festival runs from 5pm to 11pm on Thursday, from 11am to 11pm on the Friday and from 11am to Saturday to 9pm

Entrance on Thursday and Friday will cost £4 or £2 for CAMRA members. Entrance on Saturday will cost just £1 and will be free for CAMRA members.

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