Fears over last orders for beer festival

PREPARATIONS are now well under way for this year's Ipswich Beer Festival – but there are already fears that next year's event could be the last.This is the 22nd festival in the town, all held in the town's Corn Exchange.

PREPARATIONS are now well under way for this year's Ipswich Beer Festival – but there are already fears that next year's event could be the last.

This is the 22nd festival in the town, all held in the town's Corn Exchange.

But the uncertainty over the future of the Corn Exchange means that the organisers, Ipswich and East Suffolk CAMRA, fear that they may not be able to continue after 2005.

The dates for next year have already been booked with Ipswich council, but CAMRA officials are urging members and supporters to take part in the public consultation exercise over the next few weeks.

They are also urging people to attend next Monday's meeting in Ipswich Town Hall that has been called by the town's arts association to discuss cultural facilities in Ipswich.

During the beer festival, which starts on Wednesday, September 22, up to 850 drinkers are expected to visit at any one time with up to 4,500 attending during the four days of the festival.

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The festival will be open from 5-11pm on Wednesday and from 11am to 11pm from Thursday to Saturday.

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