Real ale enthusiasts remember the heady days of 10p a pint

Sandra Hall in 1974

Sandra Hall in 1974

First published in News

ALE enthusiasts in York are taking a trip down memory lane, to celebrate the anniversary of a landmark moment in the city’s beer history.

Forty years ago this weekend, members of the fledgling Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) visited York for their third national AGM and conference.

As part of the weekend a “beer exhibition” was held at the De Grey Rooms in St Leonard’s Place, with ten beers on sale at 10p a pint.

Camra has since grown to become one of the most successful campaigning organisations in the country, and last year's beer and cider festival on Knavesmire featured more than 400 beers and 100 ciders, but local branch members are keen to hear from anyone who remembers that 1974 event.

They particularly want to hear from anyone who knows or knew Sandra Hall, who was pictured in this Evening Press photo at the time pulling a pint.

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11:31am Thu 6 Mar 14

roskoboskovic says...

camra always seemed unnecessary to me because i was always more interested in drinking the stuff not talking about it.
camra always seemed unnecessary to me because i was always more interested in drinking the stuff not talking about it. roskoboskovic
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11:37am Thu 6 Mar 14

gravitydrips says...

I remember the heady days of £3 a pint in York.....
I remember the heady days of £3 a pint in York..... gravitydrips
  • Score: 10

12:18pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Fat Harry says...

roskoboskovic wrote:
camra always seemed unnecessary to me because i was always more interested in drinking the stuff not talking about it.
Thankfully CAMRA did a lot more than talk about beer, and it's largely thanks to their efforts that Britain wasn't completely engulfed in a tidal wave of Watney's Red Barrel and various brands of Eurofizz.

I was too youg to drink in 1974 (no, honestly) and I'm thankful that CAMRA's efforts meant there were still some decent beers to enjoy when I became legal and that Britain now boasts an incredible variety of good quality beers, catering for every taste.
[quote][p][bold]roskoboskovic[/bold] wrote: camra always seemed unnecessary to me because i was always more interested in drinking the stuff not talking about it.[/p][/quote]Thankfully CAMRA did a lot more than talk about beer, and it's largely thanks to their efforts that Britain wasn't completely engulfed in a tidal wave of Watney's Red Barrel and various brands of Eurofizz. I was too youg to drink in 1974 (no, honestly) and I'm thankful that CAMRA's efforts meant there were still some decent beers to enjoy when I became legal and that Britain now boasts an incredible variety of good quality beers, catering for every taste. Fat Harry
  • Score: 10

3:17pm Thu 6 Mar 14

marvell says...

roskoboskovic wrote:
camra always seemed unnecessary to me because i was always more interested in drinking the stuff not talking about it.
As dumb comments go - that's up there with the best.

You wouldn't be drinking real ale at all but for CAMRA - Europe's largest consumer organisation with 159,000+ members. They stopped the "Big 6" from replacing real ale with keg, they help keep 1000's of good pubs open each year with their campaigning and have helped you directly by getting 100,000 signatures so Beer Duty was debated in Parliament and stopped in its tracks at the last Budget...

If you find all of that "unnecessary" then I guess you must drink cheap supermarket lager at home...
[quote][p][bold]roskoboskovic[/bold] wrote: camra always seemed unnecessary to me because i was always more interested in drinking the stuff not talking about it.[/p][/quote]As dumb comments go - that's up there with the best. You wouldn't be drinking real ale at all but for CAMRA - Europe's largest consumer organisation with 159,000+ members. They stopped the "Big 6" from replacing real ale with keg, they help keep 1000's of good pubs open each year with their campaigning and have helped you directly by getting 100,000 signatures so Beer Duty was debated in Parliament and stopped in its tracks at the last Budget... If you find all of that "unnecessary" then I guess you must drink cheap supermarket lager at home... marvell
  • Score: -3

4:55pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

My first pint of Hammonds Ales cost 1s/11d in 1965. I was 16 years old and it tasted awful. The pub in Fridaythorpe has long since disappeared, but memories of the busty barmaid 'Black Hazel' linger on through the mists of time. Sigh...
My first pint of Hammonds Ales cost 1s/11d in 1965. I was 16 years old and it tasted awful. The pub in Fridaythorpe has long since disappeared, but memories of the busty barmaid 'Black Hazel' linger on through the mists of time. Sigh... Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: 0

8:58pm Thu 6 Mar 14

sheps lad says...

1963 I went in the Phoenix in Leeman rd with half a crown (121/2p) in my pocket. I bought a pint of Magnet and a box of matches for 2 shillings(10p),On my way to my seat I put my sixpence in the one armed bandit and won £7-10 shillings which was half a weeks wage. Never managed a repeat though!
1963 I went in the Phoenix in Leeman rd with half a crown (121/2p) in my pocket. I bought a pint of Magnet and a box of matches for 2 shillings(10p),On my way to my seat I put my sixpence in the one armed bandit and won £7-10 shillings which was half a weeks wage. Never managed a repeat though! sheps lad
  • Score: 1

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