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Concerns For Future Of Beer Festival

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2:03pm 19th February 2013

Organisers of Weymouth's Beer Festival are concern the event may not go ahead this year.

The West Dorset Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale put the two day festival on in October in the Ocean Room at Weymouth Pavilion.

It attracts over 1,500 people.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council will meet this Thursday to make a final decision over the fate of the Pavilion complex which ciould be placed into the hands of a community group to run.

The annual real ale festival had previously been held in Brewers Quay for eight years until the closure of the Hope Square building in 2011.

Some are worried about the effect this will have on the town. CAMRA spokesman Michel Hooper-Immins told Wessex FM that "Many come for two or three days and while the menfolk enjoy some of our 80 casks of real ale- the ladies spend their money in the town's shops, cafes and tearooms. There is no doubt the October festival provides a real boost for Weymouth at a quiet time of the year and not being able to hold it at the Ocean Room (in the Pavilion) will be a real disaster for us and for the town."

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