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Date:- 23 April 2007

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A new survey by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has revealed that 1 in 4 pints in the UK are served less than 95% full and this is costing beer drinkers a staggering £481 million every year! CAMRA has launched a nationwide petition calling for the Government to end short measures as they promised a decade ago.  For the first time in its 35 year history, CAMRA has taken out advertisements in national media in order to let consumers know how to make a stand against this unfair practice. 

The CAMRA survey of local authorities’ trading standards departments has revealed:-

* A shocking 26.6% of all pints served are over 5% short measure
* The worst example found was 13% short of a full pint
* 76% of pubs goers want the Government to stick to its promise to ensure drinkers get a full pint

Beer drinkers lose £1.3 million every day by paying for a full pint but receiving less than 100% liquid in the glass.  Labour had made an election promise to legislate against short measures in 1997. This promise has not been fulfilled and has cost the consumer £4.5 billion over the last decade.

CAMRA Chief Executive Mike Benner said:- “It is a disgrace that up to a quarter of all pints served in the UK are less than 95% liquid when the consumer is paying for a full pint every time. Labour had promised to introduce legislation to end this unfair practice 10 years ago and the continuing cost to beer drinkers from the Government’s inaction has now run into billions of pounds.”

CAMRA has set up a petition for consumers calling for the government to introduce legislation that a pint will not be less than 100% liquid. As well as being online,  copies of the petition will be at CAMRA beer festivals across the UK. Petition postcards will be sent out to CAMRA’s 85,000 strong membership nationwide to sign.

Mike Benner added:- “This is not just a problem that affects real ale drinkers. Lager drinkers and cider drinkers are being short changed too.  It is time the Government met its promise and made sure pub goers get the full pint that they pay for every time. I would urge all beer drinkers that are fed up with being ripped off at the bar to sign CAMRA’s ‘Take it to the top’ petition and help us make a difference.”

Peter Brown Craven Minor League

Match Reports

Under 10
Wilf Jenkinson Cup Final
Southport Trinity 0 Rainford Rangers 2

ON a fine Day at The Rookery the Wilf Jenkinson Cup Final was played between Southport Trinity and Rainford Rangers. 

Rainford got off to a tentative start with Trinity attacking them from the kick off. Liam Coyle in goal for Rainford looking very solid indeed. Eventually Rainford found their feet and started to put pressure on the Trinity Keeper. A few flashes from the Rainford Midfield and Forwards testing Trinity’s resilience. An Excellent corner from Dominic Whelan seeing Joe Bibby heading over from 4 yards.

The 2nd half saw Rainford in the same mood as the 1st and they attacked from the outset, only the good defensive work by Trinity's midfield and defence keeping them at bay.

The breakthrough came seven minutes in, when a link up between Davidson, Tabern and Whelan saw the latter break free with pace shooting against the keeper’s feet. Having rebounded again to Whelan, who tried his luck again. The keeper stood brave but it fell in Will Taberns path to slot home.
Southport Trinity then had a midfield battle with Trinity trying to strike back.

An excellent game was in progress with both defences tested. Rainford then put the game beyond Southport with a goal that would grace any final. The ball broke from Rainford's defence falling to Dominic Whelan who scooped it up and ran from just inside his half heading for the wing.

Before Southport’s defence could close him he hit it from 25 to 30 yards out over the startled keeper sending Rainfords travelling support delirious.

Unfortunately there was no way back for Southport who tried to retrieve something from the game. 

Well done to both teams for a fine spectacle.

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