I have read with shocked surprise¹ important news this evening from the Beverly Guardian from the town of that name in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England:
I READ that Beverley Town Council rate payment will be up by 25%, then it states where the cash will go. Whilst I endorse most of this list, I do take exception to one item, namely and I quote '£5,000 to kick start a new beer and pie festival'.Let us be clear: I contend that pie is the single greatest word in the English language and I will will take no objections on this point. So the real question is what else could £5,000 be better spend on in Beverly? From the photos available on wikipedia, the place looks like a cross between the two locked in time TV shows Thomas the Tank Engine and Heartbeat. Clearly pie and beer country. And the local area has a population of 29,210 which makes the festival expense a mere 17.1p per person. Nada.
Interestingly, a Google search for "beer and pie festival" shows that this Beverly plan and a rather dodgy sounding one in a Wigan pub (scroll way down) are all there are. Beverly could effectively become the beer and pie capital of the south central north east coast and only enhance its standing the best place to live in Britain, according to one study, because pie and beer, you know, improves everything.
¹This story was sponsored by the Beer and Pie Manufacturers Association of Yorkshire.