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5th March 2021

Celebrate 50 years of CAMRA with author Laura Hadland

The author of a new CAMRA biography will be hosting a virtual event, on 16 March 2021, celebrating the organisation’s 50th anniversary and history of campaigning successes.

Beer writer Laura Hadland, who has penned the forthcoming book 50 Years of CAMRA, will be joined live by contributors, beer writers and one of CAMRA’s founders to discuss her research and answer questions in a panel event over Zoom. The event will be hosted on the anniversary of CAMRA’s founding – Tuesday 16 March – at 7pm.

The event is open to anyone, and registration is now available here:

Attendees can submit their questions for the event in the week proceeding it by visiting CAMRA’s official Twitter account from Thursday 4 March. Some of the submitted questions will be answered on the social feed in the run up to the event, with plenty of CAMRA facts and stories to be shared.

Author Laura Hadland said: “I am delighted to be taking part in this event on the day of CAMRA’s 50th anniversary. I will be in conversation with a real hit parade of exciting special guests to discuss half a century of memories and friendships. Everyone is looking forward to seeing what questions the CAMRA members and volunteers would like answered, so we can discuss the sort of topics that interest them.

“Researching 50 Years of CAMRA has revealed a fascinating tapestry of stories – and it’s amazing it all started with four passionate and slightly tipsy young men from the North-West back in 1971. I cannot wait to share what I have discovered and I look forward to seeing you all there.”

The commemorative title 50 Years of CAMRA, by Laura Hadland, contains first-hand accounts from members and industry professionals, detailing the highs and lows of the Campaign. It is now available for pre-orders, with copies officially available on CAMRA’s birthday later this month.

CAMRA will be celebrating their 50th anniversary throughout 2021, with a host of activity including 50 Years of CAMRA, awards for campaigners, pubs and breweries, virtual festivals, commemorative merchandise and a list of top 50 campaigning successes. Laura has also contributed an article about the anniversary to CAMRA’s Learn & Discover platform, telling the story of how people power has helped to preserve traditional British beer, cider and perry.

Learn more on our 50th Anniversary page:


About CAMRA:  

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is a not-for-profit consumer group with over 180,000 members that has been operating since 1971. Our vision is to have quality real ale and thriving pubs in every community.

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