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HSE responds to Northampton Chronicle & Echo article, "Organiser explains reasons behind Northampton Beer Festival cancellation"

"Organiser explains reasons behind Northampton Beer Festival cancellation" - Northampton Chronicle and Echo, 28 January 2013
Response date:
28 January 2013

Dear Editor

I was disappointed to read that Northampton's popular annual beer festival has been cancelled.

Your report cites health and safety issues as one of the reasons. On behalf of the Health and Safety Executive I would like to reassure people there is nothing in health and safety law to prevent the event from going ahead and the real issue seems to be a lack of volunteers to support the organiser and complicated paperwork from the insurers.

People at HSE like a good night out as much as the next person and we have a few CAMRA members too. Maybe this report will encourage those who aren't active members to get more involved in their local branch.

Yours faithfully,

Rosi Edwards
Regional Director
Health and Safety Executive

Updated 2013-01-29