Cheers 96

This is an odd time to be writing an editorial piece. As we “speak”, the electorate hasn’t decided on the colour of the next government, or if we’re heading out of the European Union, or even if Sunderland AFC can get a grip on their slippery slope.

We’re not making predictions, but there’s no getting away from the grim realisation that these are difficult times in every quarter. Many of you have had a great year; some of us have not been so fortunate, and while there always seems to be an air of constant struggle, there are bright spots everywhere with significant new brewery developments and pubs opening one after the other. So let’s face 2020 with renewed vigour and take pride in all the hard work paying off.

And, as is customary at this time of year, we’d like to thank our various contributors and our brilliant commercial partners who know the power of a great medium – without whom we simply could not exist.

Then there is you, dear reader. Thank you for your continued loyal support, the messages of encouragement and countless positive comments whenever we bump into you in a pub somewhere. Yes, we’ll get quiz answers wrong (or maybe it’s the question that’s wrong) and make the odd error, but we’re doing our best for everybody who loves pubs like we do. Your endorsement is ever appreciated.

Have a happy and safe festive season.

Alastair Gilmour
Editor, Cheers North East

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