Cheers 98

March is always a funny month. We never know if we’re going to get record high temperatures or plumb the depths of the thermometer as winter tries to not let go.

We’ve got St Patrick’s Day on the horizon, Mothers Day is approaching, and the Cheltenham Festival will make the flutterers among us richer or poorer. Whatever, we’ll have the excitement. Our football clubs all face critical games in the promotion, relegation, stick or twist stakes. Again, it’ll all come out in the wash.

Perhaps the continued introduction of new beers styles, festivals and tap takeovers will numb our brains from all of that. And, despite what Government throws at us we’ll keep on looking to Europe and further afield for inspiration. Belgian beers are being recognised here more than ever, as are Dutch and Croatian for example, but valued migrant workers are being denied the opportunity to make new lives in this country which will have a serious effect on our hospitality industry.

It’s up one minute and down the next.

Still, it’s great to see the lengthening days and the hope that brings for our beleaguered pubs. But we need to work hard at it – no use just hoping. We can all help by visiting our locals more often. It’s a start, just as the month of March is an awakening to spring.

See you there.

Alastair Gilmour
Editor, Cheers North East

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