New beer to honour former Mayor Bill

A stout at Long Eaton Beer Festival has been named in honour of former Mayor Bill Camm who died in April
A stout at Long Eaton Beer Festival has been named in honour of former Mayor Bill Camm who died in April

A BEER festival is set to pay a unique tribute to a much-loved former Mayor of Erewash, with an ale named in his honour.

The first barrel of Bill Camm Stout will be tapped by current Mayor Cllr Kevin Miller at the Long Eaton Beer Festival on Friday September 15.

Festival chairman Stephen Boa said the former Sawley independent councillor, who served on local authorities including Erewash and Derbyshire councils for a staggering 50 years until his death, aged 79, in April, was picked because he was a ‘real man of the people’.

“Bill Camm did an awful lot for the Erewash region and was a very well respected local councillor,” he said.

The 5.2 per cent dark beer, available on cask or in bottles, was brewed by Stanley Common-based Nutbrook Brewery.

Stephen added: “Camra supports choice of beers but also local beers, which is another reason we chose Nutbrook’s commemorative beer.”

Alongside Bill’s beer, there will be more than 40 real ales, including ten from local breweries, and ciders, perries and country wines on sale at the Westgate Suite during the second annual two-day festival, organised by Erewash CAMRA.

Live music comes from Verbal Warning on Friday and Kick N Rush on Saturday.

Admission is £2 before 6pm and £3.50 afterwards. CAMRA members will be admitted for £1 at all times.

Souvenir beer festival glasses will be available to buy for £2.50 and food will be available.

Anyone who can help at the event should email janet.lomas@gmail.com.