CAMRA Membership tops 100,000aletalk
To mark the occasion every 100th visitor to the five day event will be given a voucher for a free pint of beer.
Mike Benner, CAMRA chief executive, said: “We are overjoyed at reaching 100,000 members, brought together by our passion for great British beer and community pubs.
“But while we may relax and raise a glass or two to celebrate at the opening of the Great British Beer Festival today, we are not complacent and tomorrow the hard work campaigning for drinkers’ rights will continue.”
CAMRA was formed in 1971 by Michael Hardman, Jim Makin, Graham Lees and Bill Mellor, when an idea of a campaign arose whilst they were bemoaning the state of British beer and pubs.
Membership levels rose sharply, with CAMRA boasting more than 5,000 members by the end of 1973.
Hardman said: “We would never have believed in 1971 that one day we would have 100,000 members.