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Peterborough: UK's biggest beer festival gets underway

The UK's biggest outdoor beer festival kicks off in Peterborough later. Credit: PA

The UK's biggest outdoor beer festival kicks off in Peterborough later.

The event, which is now in its 37th year, will showcase more than 400 real ales and 60 ciders.

More than 30,000 people are expected to visit the five day festival on The Embankment.

"Pubs are closing at a phenomenal rate - it's something like 30 per week across the country.

What we want to do is of course get people back into those pubs.

It's proving more and more difficult as supermarkets sell very cheap beer from their shops."

– Dickie Bird, CAMRA