Letchworth Arts and Leisure Group marks 30 years with Garden City Brewery bash – and anniversary brew named after founder William Armitage
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The Letchworth Arts and Leisure Group chalked 30 years up last night with an evening of drinking, quizzing and all-round fun – with a competition held to name a special 30th anniversary beer.
The LALG anniversary brew – a golden bitter created at the Garden City Brewery in The Wynd, the venue for last night’s celebrations – was christened Armitage Ale after community pillar William Armitage, who started the group back in 1987.
Mr Armitage, the then-owner of David’s Bookshop in Eastcheap, developed a book fair into the LALG – which has grown consistently year on year and now has about 3,000 members across 80 autonomous volunteer-run groups.
And chairman George Barnes told the Comet that LALG represented a continuation of the garden city pioneers’ spirit of self-sufficiency.
“It reflects those people who set up the Letchworth Settlement and all of that,” he said. “LALG really is exactly that – the community organises itself and supports itself.
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“It’s a fantastic achievement for our unique organisation to reach 30 years. There may be something else like it, but I’ve not heard of it.”
LALG member David Tappin stressed that many of the members today have been there since the beginning.
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“I was quite astonished when they told me it was 30 years,” he said.
“We’ve still got quite a large number of the original founder members – William is not the exception, it’s quite common.
“He comes up with brilliant ideas for groups and he’s still so enthusiastic about it all, after so much time.”
LALG anniversary calendars are available from David’s Bookshop. Groups cover all sorts of topics, from transport and industrial heritage to sport and German singing.
For more see lalg.org.uk.