Camra marks 40th birthday

16 March, 2011

The Campaign for Real Ale is celebrating its 40th birthday today.

The organisation was founded in 1971 by four people – who were disillusioned with the domination of national brewing companies and keg beer – while visiting a pub on holiday in Ireland.

It now has 120,000 members and has campaigned over the years against brewery closures and anti-competitive prices in the beer market, and for licensing reform and progressive beer duty.

Current national chairman Colin Valentine said: “The key issues apprent when forming the campaign in 1971 – striving for quality and choice in the beer market, and protecting the voice of the consumer – remain to this day."

Camra branches around the country are hosting local celebrations and members have been invited to vote for their top 40 campaigns of all time.




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