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Crowds expected for beer festival’s final day

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 15, 2014

  • Burton Beer and Cider Festival - Martin Atterbury

  • Burton Beer and Cider Festival - Luke Lucas

  • Burton Beer and Cider Festival - (from left) Matthew Stapleton, Nigel Deakin, Simon Stapleton, Daniel Stapleton

  • Burton Beer and Cider Festival - John and Anna Dyson

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BUMPER crowds are expected at Burton Town Hall today for the final day of the town’s much-loved beer and cider festival.

Back for the 35th year, more than 140 beers and ciders are on offer from across the UK.

The numbers have been steadily increasing since opening night on Thursday.

Organiser Karen Daball said: “It has been going reasonably well already, with the beer and ciders going down well as usual. We’re really happy with the progress so far and are looking forwards to the final day.”

This year, the added excitement of the Six Nations finale has been thrown into the mix, and with such an exciting climax to the tournament in store - England, Ireland and France all have a chance of securing victory - it is hoped it will bring more punters through the doors, with all three games to be screened live today.

Mrs Daball said: “The fact that it’s so tight between England, Ireland and France is important.

“It gives people the chance to support their teams while drinking real ale.”

Mrs Daball added: “We’re encouraging people to come down to see us, and we will make them feel welcome.

“It’s run by volunteers who are passionate about real ale and cider, and it’s a fantastic way of getting differing beers brought into the town for people to try.

“There will be a lot of breweries represented,

The town hall beer and cider festival, set up by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has become a Burton institution having first been staged in 1980.

It closes again for another year at 10pm tonight.

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