One of the founders of the Campaign for Real Ale group has been given an MBE by the Queen in recognition of his services to the brewing industry.

Michael Hardman made the New Year Honours list, announced by the Queen this week, for services to the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) and brewing in general.

His MBE comes as the UK beer and pub sector, including Camra itself, is calling for more government support amid falling beer sales and an average five pub closures per day. 

Camra was founded in the early 1970s by Hardman, Graham Lees, Bill Mellor and Jim Makin.

"Fed up the increasing bad quality of beer in Britain that was too fizzy, no character and no taste they decided to form a Campaign for the Revitalisation of Ale," the group said.

Its name was changed to 'Real Ale' in 1973 and the body now claims to have more than 95,000 individual members.