It is with great sadness that Central Lancashire branch announce the passing of long-time local member Dave Linley, who has died at the age of 64, writes Gordon Small.

Dave  became ill while on holiday in Scotland and on returning home was not to recover. He was involved with the branch for over 40 years, and was Chairman on two separate occasions, from June 1983 to June 1985, and from January 2012 to June 2014. In between these spells, he was with Dave Marsden Joint Editor of Ale Cry, with 56 issues being produced by them between 1995 and 2009 as the magazine developed into a much improved publication. For many years Dave had a permanent position as the branch’s Pub Protection Officer, a job that he was ideally suited to with him working for Preston Council for over 30 years in the Planning Department. Another responsibility taken by Dave was to be brewery liaison officer for Goosnargh Brewery, a role he carried out for five years from 2013 to 2018. Having highlighted him holding all the above positions, it is true to say that these are just some of the many jobs that Dave did for Central Lancashire branch over the years.

As a CAMRA member Dave had a particular interest in the Good Beer Guide. Each year he would eagerly await the arrival of the new edition of the guide, and then once it was in his possession, he would meticulously trawl through it noting changes and planning out his travels around the country to visit pubs in the coming year.

Dave’s unexpected death in July came as a great shock to everyone. It was known that he had health problems, being a diabetes sufferer for most of his adult life, while in 2016 he had successfully undergone heart bypass surgery. With all this behind him, Dave was never one to let things get him down for long, and he was someone who was always planning out his next series of trips and outings for the future.

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