Review of 2011: July, August, September

By Liam Dawes

As Brighton basked in summer sunshine, beer lovers from all over the country flocked to the seafront for the first ever Brighton Beer Festival.

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Image Courtesy of Phil Steere


Breweries at the event including Well’s & Young’s, Herworths and Upham Brewery showcased their tipples to thousands of visitors over a splendid four day period.

Lewes based brewery Harveys even brewed a limited edition beer named Brighton Breezy to celebrate the event.

July also saw Elvis come to town – and rob a betting shop! An armed man robbed a Ladbrokes branch on Dyke Road whilst dressed as the King of Rock and Roll.

Described as wearing dark sunglasses and false sideburns, “Elvis” escaped with around £500 cash.


Brighton & Hove Albion fans finally had a place to call home in August when the first league game at the American Express Community Stadium was played against Doncaster Rovers.

In front of a raucous crowd of 20,219, Rovers looked like spoiling the party when they took a 39th minute lead through Billy Sharp.

Fittingly though, Albion would have their moment of glory.

Substitute Will Buckley pulled Albion level with an 83rd minute strike, before converting a Craig Noone through ball in the eighth minute of injury time to cap a famous day in the club’s history.

The following week saw the city’s biggest weekend of the year, when Pride rolled into town.

Despite the post-parade party in Preston Park being ticketed for the first time, around 50,000 attended the country’s biggest LGBT event.

Sussex Police described the event as a “great success” with only 24 arrests made during the day.


The construction of Brighton’s newest landmark began in September despite residents living opposite objecting to the plans.

The Brighton Wheel cost £6m to build, created 30 new jobs, and hopes to attract 250,000 visitors per year.

The new structure angered some residents in the nearby Van Alen Building, with one saying a tall building “shouldn’t be built in a conservation area”.

September also saw plans for a £400 million revamp of the Royal Sussex County Hospital tabled.

Health chiefs want to build a 12-storey building, with around 400 beds and an underground car park.

The plans were submitted to Brighton and Hove City Council for planning approval, with work potentially starting late next year.


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