A true Cambridge character, John was a Beer Festival stalwart for many years and was instrumental in establishing the now legendary Food Stall with its choice selection of real cheeses, bread, pies and other quality products. John also worked at other Festivals in the region and at the Great British Beer Festival. Although he hadn't been active in the Branch for some years, he could often be found in his favourite pubs, notably the Pickerel and the Champion of the Thames, where he was always erudite and entertaining company. His wake at the Pickerel was suitably replete with great beer and food he'd have loved it.