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West Suffolk CAMRA makes plea for volunteers to stop East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival, at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, ‘becoming a victim of its own success’





An organisation has made a plea for volunteers to support a town’s ever-growing beer festival and stop it becoming ‘a victim of its own success’.

The East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival, held annually at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, in Bury St Edmunds, is set to return this year from August 21 to 26.

With 7,000 visitors expected this year, West Suffolk CAMRA has said more volunteers are ‘urgently required’ to keep it running and continue its support for local charities.

West Suffolk CAMRA is pleading for more volunteers to support this year’s East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mark Westley
West Suffolk CAMRA is pleading for more volunteers to support this year’s East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mark Westley
The East Anglian Beer & Cider Festival is growing in popularity, achieving a record attendance of 6,300 people last year. Picture: Mecha Morton
The East Anglian Beer & Cider Festival is growing in popularity, achieving a record attendance of 6,300 people last year. Picture: Mecha Morton

The festival has raised over £175,000 so far, with £15,000 donated last year alone.

In a release West Suffolk CAMRA said: “With two months to go we are very short of volunteers.

“Without additional volunteers, the festival is in danger of becoming a victim of its own success.

West Suffolk CAMRA particularly needs volunteers for the Sunday and Monday evenings of the festival. Picture: Mecha Morton
West Suffolk CAMRA particularly needs volunteers for the Sunday and Monday evenings of the festival. Picture: Mecha Morton

“CAMRA would ask that new volunteers, who would like to help at the festival, have fun, meet new people, whilst raising funds for their chosen charity, to contact them here.”

The branch gave its thanks for those who have already volunteered and asked if those who have could consider working an extra shift.

In particular, organisers are short during the evenings on Sunday and Monday.

This year’s East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival, at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, in Bury St Edmunds, is at risk of ‘becoming a victim of its own success, said West Suffolk CAMRA. Picture: Mecha Morton
This year’s East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival, at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, in Bury St Edmunds, is at risk of ‘becoming a victim of its own success, said West Suffolk CAMRA. Picture: Mecha Morton

This year’s festival is its 32nd iteration.