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Crying into their beer?

6th July 1985, Page 20
6th July 1985
Page 20
Page 20, 6th July 1985 — Crying into their beer?
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CANCELLATION of the Continent's second biggest beer festival this year at Wieze in Belgium will hit about 200 British coach operators.

The firms, mainly from the Midlands and the North of England, were planning trips to the festival held 30 miles north of Brussels over three weekends in September and October.

But the organisers decided last month not to hold this year's event because of fears — in the wake of the Brussels football disaster — that British visitors might cause a serious outbreak of violence.

"Sonic of these Britons are drunk when they step off the ferries and we daren't take the risk of having 20,000 British people concentrated in one place so soon after the stadium disaster," said Freddie Danneells, spokesman for the festival.

He estimated there would have been about 6,000 coach bookings from Britain for Wieze this year. Some firms had planned to use 20 to 30 vehicles.

Something like 700,000 pints of beer were sold at the Wieze festival last year.


Locations: Brussels

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