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The 30th East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival in Bury St Edmunds will have its launch later today and is set to celebrate the 30 years in style.

For the second year running, St Edmundsbury Cathedral will play host to the festival with the dean officially commencing the six day festival at 6pm this evening.

During the festival, attendees can step up to the special 30th anniversary bar which will spotlight 30 award-winning beer, listen to live music and grab a bite to eat.

Martin Bate, festival organiser, said: "We're very excited actually. We've got the largest range of beer that we've ever had at the festival and it's a delight to be back in St Edmundsbury Cathedral again for a second year - we have a mutual interest in getting more people into beer.

The 30th East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival will launch later today at St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Picture: Mark Westley
The 30th East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival will launch later today at St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Picture: Mark Westley

"There will be nearly 300 beers on site, if you include the craft beer and the bottle beer. We've also got cider, gin, Pimms, prosecco and soft drinks."

A range of food options will also be on offer, from curry to sausages and pies served up by the cathedral's own Pilgrims' Kitchen. Entertainment includes the Beatles for Sale tribute band on the Friday and a Queen tribute band on Saturday.

Pictured from left to right: Angela Bate, Felicity Stemp, Martin Bate, Dick Holland. Picture: Mark Westley.
Pictured from left to right: Angela Bate, Felicity Stemp, Martin Bate, Dick Holland. Picture: Mark Westley.

The festival will support local charities with money set to be distributed to all charities involved. Last year £30,000 was raised and it is hoped that figure can be raised again.

Entry to the festival is free during the daytime Wednesday to Friday and all day Sunday. Evening and Saturday sessions are chargeable but free admission is extended to themes evening sessions such as armed forces and emergency services. Tickets can be purchased on the East Anglian Beer Festival website.