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Ulverson Beer and Cider Festival

                                          by Ann Summers-Glass
                                    Beer Festival General Dogsbody

                  Thoughts about the Ulverston Beer Festival in the past

       Planning for this has started in earnest! This  long gone now) became our home for a
       year, it’s open from Thursday 3rd to  couple of years, then Eddysons off
       Saturday 5th September, although actual  Cornwallis Street, and Geronimos nightclub
       set-up will start on the previous Monday  next to the rugby ground. (They might have
       and we’ll dismantle everything in time for a  been in a different sequence - it was a long
       late lunch on the Sunday. It’s at the  time ago, none of us are getting any
       Coronation Hall in Ulverston again, but that  younger, and a lot of beer has flowed since
       wasn’t always the case.......        then!)
       We’ve been reminiscing about the Olden  One year we held a cider only in a Barrow
       Days and thought it might be fun to share  pub - but no-one can remember which one!
       some of our memories. Although this is the  If you know, please let us know via our
       32nd Ulverston Festival, the first festival our  Facebook or Twitter pages. This was the
       branch held was actually in 1983! The first  first ever cider only event held by CAMRA
       two were held in the Coro’, but we moved  so we’re trailblazers -yay!!
       to the Rydal Suite in the Civic Hall in
       Barrow in 1985. The festival was held there  We then returned to the Coro’ where we’ve
       for a few years until the Civic Hall was  been ever since. See you there this year?
       closed to be redeveloped into Forum 28.  (More history next issue where we’ll have
                                            some anecdotes, a look at why our glasses
       So - where to next? We couldn’t use Barrow
       Town Hall - there’s a parquet floor there and  and t-shirts couldn’t decide whether it was
       beer spillage wouldn’t do that any good!  the Ulverston or Furness festival - and
       The Travellers Rest Club (next to Cookes  sometimes were different for the same year
       and the Duke of Edinburgh in Abbey Road -  - and an update on our preparations.)

                               Please Read this - Covid-19

         The Great British Beer Festival in London has been cancelled this year. In the light of
         this, it is even more important that you check our social media feeds for the latest
         information about the Ulverston Festival.
         At the time of writing things are not looking at their best. Meetings to plan a festival
         cannot be held face-to-face and on top of that, supply of cask ales is looking to be
         uncertain. At the time of writing this, there are five months to go but given that the
         GBBF was only a few weeks ahead of ours, that does not mean we can just assume
         that everything will be sorted by then. Planning our Festival takes time and effort and
         at the moment we have no idea how we are going to achieve this and even if we do,
         getting people through the doors in sufficient numbers to make it viable would be the
         key and that is an unknown.

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