The local branch of The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has marked the signing up of its 250th member with a special presentation, and — suitably — pints all round.
Lunesdale CAMRA, which campaigns to promote cask conditioned beers and champions consumer rights, made the award to new recruit Bill Taylor of Scorton at a meeting held in Furness Bar, Lancaster University. Bill was presented with a copy of CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide, and a presentation pack of beers brewed by York Brewery and a T-shirt courtesy of Mitchell’s of Lancaster.
Said Bill, “I never expected such special treatment when I filled in the application form. It’s a really nice surprise.”
In her presentation speech CAMRA Chair Anne Stewardson spoke of the significance of the event. “Branch membership is steadily increasing and this milestone is a testament to the popularity of our national drink. There is talk of crisis in the beer industry, but the growth of CAMRA and the record number of small brewers and individual beers tells another story altogether.”
The Campaign for Real Ale currently has a national membership of over 100,000.