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(This page was updated on 22nd. February, 2005)
2005 Walsall Beer Festival - Walsall Town Hall
This year’s festival logo celebrates the centenary of the opening of our grand Town Hall in September 1905 by Mayor Mr. E. T. Holden. Prince Christian Schleswig-Helstein, son-in-law of Queen Victoria, had laid the foundation stone three years earlier.
Over 80 cask beers
What else? Oh yes, there will be some beer, cask beers of course. Over 80 different ones to choose from, with about one third from Yorkshire and the North East of England, the rest from all over the UK; a wide choice of milds, bitters, porters, stouts, speciality beers and strong ales, and you will be able to vote for your favourite one on Thursday evening. Also, traditional cider and perry will be on sale, plus the Bavarian bottled beer stall will add to the choice.
There is a plea from the Staffing Officer to all CAMRA members attending the festival to offer a short amount of your time to help staff the festival.
Every year the ageing staff gets fewer and fewer in numbers, and we really could use some extra help. Even if it’s only for a short spell to cover someone on a break it would be very much appreciated, and there are rewards for Beer Festival workers. Ask any member of staff to tell you where the staff office is.
We look forward to seeing everyone there.
The 2005 Walsall Beer Festival, the 11th at Walsall Town Hall, takes place from 7th – 9th April.
The festival will open at Thursday 7th April at 5:00 p.m., and from 11 – 3:00 and 5:30 – 11:00 on the 8th and 9th.
Thursday evening will be a quiet session, with the judging of the West Midlands Beer of the Year 2005 Porters category taking place on stage.
Entertainment is booked for Friday and Saturday, starting with Tony Lister on the grand piano on Friday lunchtime and the B Sharps playing a wide range of music from the 1960’s to the 90’s on Friday evening. Saturday lunchtime sees the return of Borough Organist Peter Morris playing a mix of well-known light and classical tunes on the superb Town Hall organ, while An-Anfa (TBC) will perform their brand of Celtic rock through the evening session.
All the usual attractions will be there, the CAMRA shop selling beer related books, tee shirts and other merchandise, hot and cold food will be available courtesy of the Town Hall catering facility, the chance to win some fine prizes on the tombola and a souvenir commemorative glass is yours to collect.
Some Photographs from the 2001 Beer Festival
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