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Glasses have been raised at the Alex for the fortieth anniversary of the founding there of Derby CAMRA.

To celebrate, four of the original members joined today’s landlady, Anna Dyson-Edge, to mark the occasion with ale, memories and a re-enactment of a 40 year old snap.


Alex CAMRA 40 2 web


Alex CAMRA 40 1 web


The photos show, from left, John Kearney, Tim Williams, Reg Newcombe, and Terry Morton. Anna stands-in for the original, and (apparently) formidable, landlady, Flo Fox.

40th anniversary congratulations come from Castle Rock MD Colin Wilde. “This milestone has a lot of relevance for us, not least because the inaugural meeting was at what has become one of our pubs, but secondly, pensioner Chris Holmes was there in his 1974 role as chairman of Nottingham CAMRA.”

Tim Williams, still an Alex regular, remembers the pub.  “Life was simple then, it was a basic boozer; the beer was either mild or bitter, and the food choice was from a shoal of ancient pickled eggs kept in a slightly murky jar of vinegar.  But it was a really great place, and, many years and many improvements later, it still is.”