ITEMS spanning decades of brewing history will be up for grabs at a special auction this weekend.
The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has revealed that its national breweriana auction is set to take place from 11am on Saturday at Burton Town Hall.
A wide range of brewery-related items and advertising material will go under the hammer including items from breweries such as Bass, Ind Coope, Homes, Marston’s, Offilers, Salt’s, Shipstone’s and Worthington’s.
Event spokesman Bill Austin said: “Highlights are expected to include an old ceramic coaster from Burton’s Thomas Salt brewery, a large poster from Paine’s brewery of St Neots, a mirror featuring ‘Old Burton upon Trent’, a Double Diamond water jug and a Bass wall sign.
“There will be a few more unusual items including a Double Diamond track suit and a wooden, model Samuel Smith’s dray.
“A few collectors’ stands selling brewery-related items should also be there.”
Entry to the event, which starts with viewing of the lots at 11am, is by catalogue, costing £2.50 on the door.
The auction itself will start at 12.30pm.
More information is available by emailing Bill Austin baustin@ supanet.com or calling 07789 900411.
Last year’s auction proved to be the most successful event of its type run in Burton.
More than 70 people attended and the auction included 176 lots with everything from figurines to wall signs.
The most expensive lot was an Ind Coope mirror made in the late 1950s for Burton’s own Crown Inn in Stapenhill.
This mirror sold for more than £300.
But there were plenty of bargains, a Guinness half pint glass goblet, a Morgan’s Gold Medal Ales bottle opener and a Ruddles’ Brewery Horse brass on leather, which all sold for £2 each.
Mr Austin said: ‘We were delighted with the attendance last year.
“We have been running the event in Burton for a number of years now. It seems an appropriate location for the event as Burton is seen as the home of brewing.”
Previous events saw items of interest include a bottle of beer specially brewed by the Burton Bridge Brewery for the Burton Mail in 1984.
There has also been a pair of 100- year-old advertising signs from Marshall Brothers of Huntingdon, a framed Bells of Stockport poster and an old, framed Allsopp’s sign sold on the day.