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Iron Maiden singer raises voice for dwindling British pubs

Published on Aug 13, 2014 7:20 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson called for a fightback to save the traditional British pub as the Great British Beer Festival got under way on Tuesday.

The frontman for the British heavy metal pioneers blasted the rise of soulless, US-style bars pumping out "really awful music" - and blamed it on their giant chain owners seeing pubs as "cash cows" rather than community hubs.

The Great British Beer Festival transforms London's Olympia exhibition hall into the biggest pub in the world, serving an expected 55,000-plus punters over five days until Saturday.

The event is staged by Camra, the Campaign for Real Ale, which says pubs are closing at a worsening rate - currently 31 a week - and being turned into supermarkets and estate agencies.

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