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P558 Last updated 11th July 2015

Lancashire Pub and Club of the Year

There was another double celebration for the Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre branch of CAMRA as two of the area's most successful venues have achieved further, county-wide recognition.

BF&W CAMRA's 2015 Club of the Year and Pub of the Year have both gone on to win their respective Lancashire awards.

Club of the Year Blackpool Cricket Club has added the Lancashire Club of the Year for 2015 to its ever-growing list of achievements. Presenting the award, Pubs Officer Rick Pickup said "Once again, the Cricket Club has shown itself to be the best real ale club in the Fylde, and now that goes for Lancashire. At this rate they will need to build an extension to display the certificates." Licensee Pete Campbell said "A few years ago, we were having to appeal for donations from members just to keep the club going. Selling real ale has helped to turn the Club's fortunes around and I thank CAMRA members for playing their part in that."

Not to be out-done, The Taps, Lytham added the Lancashire Pub of the Year 2015 to its success at Branch level. Presenting the award, Lancashire Area Organiser Adrian Smith said "The Taps has won this award four times in the last eleven years. When you consider the high standard of real ale pubs in Lancashire, this is a fantastic achievement. Landlord Steve Norris paid tribute to his staff, saying "Although it says 'The Taps' on the certificate, the award is really for the whole team behind the bar."

The Taps has recently re-opened after a comprehensive re-furbishment, which has succeeded in expanding the bar area whilst retaining all the pub's legendary character.

Both Blackpool Cricket Club and The Taps now go forward to compete with clubs and pubs from Cumbria and the Isle of Man for the West Pennine Regional awards - the next step on the road to the National recognition.

For more information please contact:
Russell Cobb 07736 832051 e-mail ruskellnw1@yahoo.co.uk

Blackpool Cricket Club

Lancashire Club of the Year 2015
Lancashire Club of the Year 2015 - Blackpool Cricket Club

Taps

Lancashire Pub of the Year 2015
Lancashire Pub of the Year 2015 - The Taps