Raise a glass to festival and popular landlord

Beer we go:  Ed Wickett.
Beer we go: Ed Wickett.
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AS beer festivals go it promises to be less ‘tired and emotional’, more just emotional.

Sheffield’s legendary Fat Cat pub is to host its 31st annual real ale bonanza this weekend – the first since popular landlord Dave Wickett passed away aged just 64.

Son Ed, who now runs the Alma Street hostelry, has vowed to keep the yearly tradition going.

“It was one of dad’s favourite weekends,” says the 21-year-old business graduate. “We want to make it exactly how he liked it.”

Dave Wickett opened The Fat Cat on August 21, 1981. It established itself as one of Sheffield’s premier real ale outlets and is credited with helping regenerate Kelham Island. A festival has been held every year since to mark the date.

Dave died from cancer in May.

“We’ll have 40 beers on, a barbecue and live music,” says Ed. “It will be sad but we’re determined to enjoy ourselves.”

The festival runs Thursday August 16 to Sunday August 19. A pub quiz on the history of The Fat Cat takes place Monday.