Beer festival pays tribute to organiser

DRINKERS at a town beer festival have raised a glass to one of the key organisers of the event who tragically collapsed and died just days before his daughter was due to get married.

DRINKERS at a town beer festival have raised a glass to one of the key organisers of the event who tragically collapsed and died just days before his daughter was due to get married.

Sudbury man Colin Byham, 49, died on board a plane coming back from a recent trip to Budapest where he had enjoyed a stag weekend with his prospective son-in-law.

Prior to his death Mr Byham had spent weeks organising the Sudbury Institute Club's 4th annual beer festival, which started last night .

His former colleagues at the club have now dedicated the event in his memory. Mr Byham's favourite beer, Timothy Taylor's Landlord, has now been added to the festival's line up of ales, but it has been renamed Byham's Best in his honour.


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Neil Garnham, club steward, said: "We decided to go ahead with the festival, it's what Colin would have wanted. He would have wanted everyone going along to have a good time. He had worked so hard to make the festival a success, and I am sure it will be.

"It is so sad he is not able to be with us, but we will be raising a glass in his honour."

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Tributes flooded in following the death of Mr Byham, which resulted in his daughter Emily postponing her wedding to Sudbury policeman Scott Lee-Amies. It had been planned for last weekend.

Mr Lee-Amies, who was with Mr Byham when he died on April 25, said: "It was just dreadful, I am a policeman and I am used to this sort of thing, but nothing can prepare you for something like this.

"We had just had a really good time in Budapest, and Colin really enjoyed himself, which gives us all some comfort."

His daughter Emily, 25, added: "He lived life to the full, he was someone who never wanted to grow-up. He was a lovely person and a great father, and we will miss him so much. I am really happy he died doing what he did best, being the life and soul of the party and having fun."

There will be more than 30 guest ales at the festival at the event being held at the club's Station Road premises from Friday, May 6, to Sunday, May 8.

Admission to the beer festival, sponsored by the EADT, costs £1 for the entire weekend. The event, held at the club's Station Road premises, runs until Sunday with more than 30 guest ales on offer.

Collectable glasses, bearing the event's logo, cost £2, which is refundable if visitors do not wish to keep the glass as a memento.

Mr Byham also leaves a second daughter Sarah, 19, and his ex-wife Sheena, who was his best friend.

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