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22nd May 2013

British acting Royle-ty Ricky Tomlinson joins The CAMRA Family

Famous for playing Jim Royle in the BBC’s popular sitcom The Royle Family as well as starring in movies “Mike Bassett England Manager” and “51st State”, Ricky Tomlinson is the newest member of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) after signing up during a local beer festival.

Ricky joined the ranks of Real Ale enthusiasts at CAMRA after being impressed by the beers on offer at the Clitheroe Beer Festival – Making jokes and shouting a “cheers” to the crowds, he stayed for a few pints whilst signing autographs and taking photos with fans at the festival.

A long time beer lover, Ricky was invited to officially open the Clitheroe CAMRA Real Ale Festival which took place this weekend (Friday 16th and Saturday 17th May).

“We are delighted that Ricky Tomlinson has joined CAMRA and appreciate the support he gave the campaign at Clitheroe Beer Festival. Seeing famous faces enjoying real ale will hopefully encourage more people to give it a try!” Said Neil Walker, CAMRA Press Manager.

The festival is one of hundreds organised by CAMRA around the UK, with their large national festival happening just once a year – The Great British Beer Festival, which is expecting 55,000 visitors, will take place at the Olympia Exhibition Centre in London from the 13th to the 17th of August and feature over 800 real ales, ciders, perries and beers from the UK and around the world.    



Supporting image of Ricky Tomlinson with CAMRA membership:


For further information contact CAMRA’s Press Manager Neil Walker, via, or call the press office on 01727 798 443

Press Accreditation for Great British Beer Festival 13th-17th August at London Olympia. To request a press pass visit: