ASIDELINES: Cheers - they’re here for beers

Dave Williams
Dave Williams
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SHEFFIELD is the place to be if you’re feeling thirsty this weekend.

As revealed previously in The Diary, the Campaign for Real Ale is to hold its annual conference right here with a series of events and fringe festivals taking place across the city.

More than 1,200 visitors are set to arrive pumping an estimated £300,000 into the local economy.

That’s a lot of beer.

“We have no estimates on how many pints will be consumed but when the conference was held in the Isle Of Man last year, several pubs were drunk dry,” says organiser and spokesman for the Sheffield CAMRA branch Dave Williams.

Just one point: the official event, running Friday and Saturday at the Sheffield University Octagon, is members only. You can sign up on the day but it will cost £20. A series of fringe events, though, will also be free including mini beer festivals at the Kelham Island Tavern and The Red Deer, a cider bonanza at The Rutland Arms and a launch of the Two Roses Brewery at the University Arms.

Panto call out

IT might seem a little early to start talking about pantomimes but a Sheffield am-dram society is already looking for a choreographer for next year’s show.

Grenoside Pantomime Group need a dance teacher to sort some moves for their production of Goldilocks And The Three Bears.

Applicants to Dennis Willis on 0779 499 0307.