Steps bar beer festival visitor

A REAL ale fan was left facing a mountain to climb in his quest for a quality pint, after discovering a local beer festival had no disabled access.

Peter White travelled from Sunderland to visit the Alnwick Beer Festival after seeing it advertised in the Campaign for Real Ale’s (Camra) monthly magazine.

But the 57-year-old, who suffers from chronic arthritis, was dismayed to find the steep flight of steps up to the Town Hall blocking his way in – something which the advert failed to mention.

Peter said: “When I got there, I couldn’t believe where it was being held, up a massive flight of steps. Part three of the Disability Act 1996 requires service providers to provide reasonable adjustments, so as to provide access to public places for disable people.”

Iain Stewart, chairman of Alnwick Beer Festival, said: “We are aware of the limitations with the Town Hall. If we had known this gentleman was visiting, we would have given him a helping hand to get inside. We will learn from it and will get the advert extended next year.”