29th July 1970 - 22nd June 2010
This page is dedicated to the much-loved and supremely popular Chris Fudge. After a long and spirited battle with a brain tumour, Chris died peacefully on 22nd June 2010, at the age of 39. Although he lived with the condition for nearly three years, Chris was amazingly positive, and made sure that he made best use of his remaining time.Amongst other things, Fudgey was the driving force behind Tamworth Beer Festival. Although he would always be the first to give credit to everyone else involved, Chris gave the festival its essential spark – brand new beers from across the UK, which attracted beer tickers from near and far. He was tireless in tracking down the very latest brews, often involving special van runs a few days prior to the festival. But it didn’t end there – Chris would also be a key player at the festival, managing most day-to-day aspects, centred on keeping the beers in tip-top condition. And of course, enjoying the festival and its ales, and catching up with his many friends from across the UK!
Beyond the festival, Chris spread his beer attentions far and wide. He made a large number of foreign forays, with particular focus on the many attractions of Germany. Many of the pubs and festivals in the UK would have seen Fudge cross the threshold. And virtually all of his exploits involved a well-honed use of public transport.
Sparked by an interest in trains from an early age, Chris went on to work in the railway industry for all of his working life. His final role was as a timetable planning manager for Arriva trains. His interest in the locomotive can be gauged by his achievement of travelling more than a million miles on trains.
Football was another of his passions. He held a season ticket for Tamworth FC and followed the Lambs away from home too. No surprise that he managed to combine his away games with some serious pub visiting, even to the extent of missing kick-off occasionally!
Fudge was also a roving ambassador for that delight of Indian restaurants, the Nargis Kebab. For the uninitiated, this is essentially a spicy Scotch egg, served with an omelette for extra cholesterol.
We can only finish by repeating what been said so many times by his army of friends. It was the greatest of pleasures and the finest of privileges to have known him. The irreplaceable energy, passion and good-humour of our beer supremo will be profoundly missed.