It was with great sadness that Trafford & Hulme branch (formerly South Manchester) learnt of the loss of Brian Taylor in April, writes national training coordinator Beverley Gobbett.

Brian joined CAMRA in 1974, his membership number was 887, marking him as one of our founding members. Many members will know him and his wife, Joan from the Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) where they started out working with John Swingler and Phil Kempton. They later went to work on the Volunteer Arms with Fletch and were responsible for us all having a clean glass every time we wanted a drink. From 1986 until 1997 Brian and Joan’s lives took them to Blackpool where they were active members of the Blackpool, Flyde and Wyre branch and so worked the Fleetwood beer festival every year. I met Brian and Joan when Trafford & Hulme branch was set up in 2001 and Brian was our branch secretary.

I had recently moved back to Manchester and knew nobody. Through the National Winter Ale Festival Manchester, Stockport and Chorlton Beer Festivals I got to know and trust Brian. He convinced me that I should go to GBBF in Olympia and the rest is history. Although Brian was physically unable to be active with the campaign for the last three years, he was still very active on his computer and still enjoyed joining in where he could. Joan will remain active with CAMRA so look out for her on jollies with the Greater Manchester Ladies on the Lash.

Cheers my friend, you touched many of our lives and inspired us to drink real ale.

Brian’s funeral is at 11.30 am on Friday 10 May at Altrincham Crematorium and then afterwards at The Old Plough, 56 Green Lane, Ashton-on-Mersey, Sale, M33 5PG.

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