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File photo dated 5/8/03 of campaign for Real Ale's (CAMRA) Geordie Howarth, from Hertfordshire, drinking a pint of the winning ale in Olympia in west London. According to an academic study Britain's beer drinkers can serve as role models for the nation as it struggles to emerge from recession. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday July 19, 2010. The country's real ale fans represent the perfect example of how greater consumer awareness can revitalise a struggling industry, say economists. They believe the industry's rebirth in the wake of the Campaign for Real Ale's founding in 1971 has implications for much of the UK economy. See PA story ECONOMY Beer. Photo credit should read: Johnny Green/PA Wire

File photo dated 5/8/03 of campaign for Real Ale's (CAMRA) Geordie Howarth, from Hertfordshire, drinking a pint of the winning ale in Olympia in west London. According to an academic study Britain's beer drinkers can serve as role models for the nation as it struggles to emerge from recession. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday July 19, 2010. The country's real ale fans represent the perfect example of how greater consumer awareness can revitalise a struggling industry, say economists. They believe the industry's rebirth in the wake of the Campaign for Real Ale's founding in 1971 has implications for much of the UK economy. See PA story ECONOMY Beer. Photo credit should read: Johnny Green/PA Wire

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CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale has launched a new national campaign – Community Pubs Month – taking place throughout April to drive footfall into local pubs and champion hard working pub licensees at a time when 16 pubs close their doors across Britain every week.

In Yorkshire, over 430 pubs have signed up to take part in Community Pubs Month.

As the first ever year for this new campaign, Community Pubs Month has been organised to promote pubs as invaluable community assets, and outlets which vast numbers of local people across the UK rely upon so heavily during their daily lives.

One of the key drivers of the campaign is to encourage pubs to put on new or existing events to attract further trade.

In a bid to showcase the diversity and innovation of Britain’s locals during Community Pubs Month, CAMRA has also released a roll call of its local pubs of the year for the first time. Voted for by members of CAMRA’s 200+ local branches, these winners will now go on to compete in regional rounds, with one pub eventually going on to be crowned CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year early next year.

To coincide with Community Pubs Month and to show the vital importance of pubs to society, CAMRA has released new research revealing just under 9 in 10 (89%) young pub going UK adults (aged 18-24 years old) visit their local pub to meet friends and socialise.

To further reinforce the community importance of local pubs, other findings found how over 1 in 3 UK adults (36%) say their local community uses their pub for events such as weddings, christenings and funerals. CAMRA even polled currently married couples – who visit pubs regularly – and found 1 in 4 (25%) first met their partner/spouse down the pub!

Mike Benner, CAMRA chief executive, said: “Pubs are the beating hearts of countless communities across the land, and without their existence, society would be a lot worse off. Pubs are the original social networking sites, and will continue to provide an invaluable community service as long as they are used by the local people that surround them.”

For full details visit www.communitypubsmonth.org.uk