An initiative to help local pubs and breweries within Aylesbury and High Wycombe has celebrated its 50th anniversary.

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), was first launched on December 3, 1973, in Saunderton at the village’s Rose & Crown Pub.

And despite that specific establishment no longer in existence, members of the campaign invited the pub’s landlord, Robert Watson, to their celebratory event which was held at the King’s Head in Aylesbury.

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Robert, who was also a founding committee member, was presented with a certificate to commemorate the first meeting by David Roe, the longest-serving chairman of the Aylesbury Vale and Wycombe branch over the past 50 years.

The event also celebrated members both past and present, which included six branch chairmen, covering the last 40 years and rather than cutting a cake, reminiscences were exchanged over a barrel of Beechwood Bitter.

Those in attendance included Tom Jenkinson from Chiltern Brewery and Buckingham MP, Greg Smith.

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Mike Clarke, current chair of the local branch, thanked Chiltern Brewery and all guests and members.

He raised a pint to all the excellent breweries and pubs in the local area and looked forward to another fifty years of real ale drinking in Buckinghamshire.