Passing Out Parade


The annual St. Ives, Cornwall Beer Festival staggered into town last weekend. It is timed to coincide with the late May Bank Holiday but some old bat has hijacked this year's bank holiday for her own nefarious purposes. Undeterred, hardened alcoholics from all over flocked to the Guildhall in search of a drop of the good stuff.

Unfortunately, Vile Jelly was incarcerated in the Sloop torture chambers for almost the entire duration of the Beer Festival but the Reporting Team did managed to shin down a drainpipe and sneak off to sample the wares.

2002 Beer festival at St. Ives, Cornwall 1 Firstly, we would like to point out that despite scurrilous rumours we are not chronic alcoholics. The reason we are at the Beer Festival at 11 a.m. on Friday is because

a) it's the only time we have off work and ...

2002 Beer festival at St. Ives, Cornwall 2 b) ... free beer!!
2002 Beer festival at St. Ives, Cornwall 3 And here is the end result of a good time at the beerfest.

Well the start of the end, well if not the start of the end, or possibly the end of the beginning ...

My head hurts, I need a drink ...

The whole thing about a  good beerfest is that you don't want the authorities turning up and putting a crimp on things ...

2002 Beer festival at St. Ives, Cornwall 4 Uh-oh! It's the all new Mrs. Mayor, Joan Tanner.
2002 Beer festival at St. Ives, Cornwall 5 Right, well, let's see what she can do.
2002 Beer festival at St. Ives, Cornwall 6 Meanwhile the bouncers step in to prevent any trouble ...
2002 Beer festival at St. Ives, Cornwall 7 ... unfortunately failing to prevent the anti-bollards protesters moving in!

Will the Mayor survive the hecklers?

What tricks has she got up her sleeves?

And

Whose round is it anyway?

Time for another (page).

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