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Isle of Man bishop to open real ale festival

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Image caption The Rt Rev Robert Paterson will open the three-day festival on 10 April.

The Lord Bishop of Sodor and Man will open a real ale festival with the "largest bar ever put together in the Isle of Man", organisers announce.

This year's CAMRA real ale festival will have 96 cask ales and 21 pumps serving beer from all of the island's five breweries.

Organiser Alan Cooper said: "It will be the biggest bar ever seen on the Isle of Man."

The Rt Rev Robert Paterson will open the three-day festival on 10 April.

Last year's event attracted about 2,000 visitors and raised funds for the RNLI.

This year's event will raise money for the Rob Vine Fund, which provides medical helicopters during the Isle of Man TT races, Manx Grand Prix and Southern 100.

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