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Special guest launches forces charity ale

Created on 13/06/2017 @ 15:52
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A local brewery had a special guest to launch its annual charity raising pint of “Desert Rat” ale this week - none other that the great grandson of Field Marshal Montgomery.

Henry Montgomery was on hand to launch the new brew at the aptly named Monty’s Brewery.

The brewery launched the summer brew at its visitor centre in Montgomery. The brew is launched every June and runs through the summer months, with every pint sold a 5p donation is given to Soldier, Sailor, Air Force and Families Association (SSAFA) - the Armed Forces charity.

“It was an honour to have Henry Montgomery pulling the first pint, grandson of the great General Montgomery,” said Russ Honeyman of Monty’s Brewery.

Also in attendance were SSAFA volunteers who held a training session and lunch before Desert Rats was served up.

Field Marshal Montgomery was one of the foremost military commanders of the Second World War.

Mr Honeyman, who is commercial director at Monty’s, said: “As an Ex RAF person myself, we are pleased to be able to do our bit for SSAFA. We donate so that SSAFA can help support serving personnel, veterans and their families and this small donation is our way of helping that great organisation.

“We also produced 1000 limited edition bottles this year to promote SSAFA. Along with our donation to the up keep of Offa’s Dyke National Trail from the sales of our beer “Best Offa”, we would hope lots of people get to benefit in some way or another.”

Philip Williams the Divisional Secretary for SSAFA for Montgomeryshire said: “we are hugely grateful to Russ and Pam for their continued support; many ex-servicemen and their families in need benefit from their generosity and the beer is really good too.”

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