Hundreds make last toast to Sheffield beer legend

Some of the mourners who attended Dave Wickett's funeral at Grenoside Crematorium.
Some of the mourners who attended Dave Wickett's funeral at Grenoside Crematorium.
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HUNDREDS of people turned out to the funeral of beer legend Dave Wickett in Sheffield this afternoon.

Representatives from the brewing industry, CAMRA, Sheffield University, Sheffield United, business and politics joined friends and colleagues to pay their respects at Sheffield’s Grenoside Crematorium.

And some mourners arrived in a bright red London Transport double decker bus – another of his enthusiasms.

Dave had seen an opportunity in 1981 when Sheffield was a real ale desert and opened the Fat Cat on Alma Street, Kelham Island.

He nursed several local breweries into existence, including Kelham Island, and saw ales scoop many awards as well as opening Champs on Ecclesall Road and a British pub in New York State.

Dave, who was born on May 24, 1947, died from cancer on May 16, aged 64. He is survived by his wife, Helen and son Edward.

See tomorrow’s Star for the full story.