John Holland, a well-known and much loved CAMRA member sadly died on 13th July. After a number of months of ill health, John appeared to be bouncing-back, he was once again attending CAMRA meetings and events, so the news is somewhat unexpected.

John had been a stalwart of the Tyneside & Northumberland Branch of CAMRA since the late 1970s. In the 1980s he was branch chair, before becoming the regional director for the North East. In 1998 he was elected to the National Executive of CAMRA, which essentially meant that he was a company director of the Campaign for Real Ale.

After stepping down from the National Executive in 2007, John continued chairing the clubs committee and was on several other national committees.

CAMRA and real ale was John’s life, he didn’t have other hobbies, pastimes, sports or interests distracting him from campaigning for real ale, pubs and clubs.

John was great company, he enjoyed lively conversation and banter. He will be missed as a campaigner and friend.


John’s funeral will be held at Saltwell Crematorium, Saltwell Road, Gateshead on Tuesday 25th July at 12.00 noon.

After the funeral people are invited to go to the Park View Inn, which is close by.


 Tyneside & Northumberland CAMRA Branch

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