September 14, 2010 10.20 am This story is over 157 months old

Pub fans to celebrate their local with friends

Friendly pubs: An ale organisation is holding an event for friends in order to help save pubs from closure.

Lincoln’s real ale aficionados Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) are inviting members to Take a Friend to the Local this evening, in order to raise awareness of the importance of local pubs.

The event, which is part of Local Pubs Week, aims to protect the city’s pubs, which are slowly declining. By a member inviting one friend to the pub, the profile of community pubs can be raised as well as encourage people to visit their local more.

As well as Take a Friend to the Local evening, pubs in Lincoln’s city centre, such as Ritz, will also be holding a real ale event in order to take part in Local Pubs Week, which runs from September 13-19.

On average, 39 pubs across the country close each week, with 24,000 job loses in the sector over 2009. This is despite 84% of people saying that pubs are as essential to communities as a shop or post office.

Chief Executive of the Beer & Pub Association Brigid Simmonds said:“The UK economy may be edging out of recession, but times remain very tough for pubs.

“Pubs make a significant and valuable contribution to both the national economy and community life. It’s time for government to work with our industry and put into practice policies that support pubs and local communities.”

For more information about types of ale, Take a Friend to the Local, and other events happening in city pubs this week, go to Lincoln CAMRA’s website.

Source: Lincoln CAMRA | Photo: Michael Fajardo