Monty's brew helps charity
The grandson of a wartime hero pulled the first pint of a special brew, launched in his grandfather's memory.
Henry Montgomery visited Monty’s Brewery based in Montgomery, to launch the company's summer beer - Desert Rats. His grandfather, Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, was a senior British Army officer who fought in both the First World War and the Second World War.
The brew is launched every year in June and is available through the summer. For every pint sold a 5p donation is given to SSAFA, The Armed Forces Charity.
This year's launch at The Monty’s Brewery Visitor Centre, Montgomery, was attended by some very special guests, brewery owner, Pam Honeyman said.
"It was an honour to have Henry Montgomery pulling the first pint," she said.
Members of the armed forces charity also visited the brewery where they had a training session followed by lunched at some of the special Desert Rats brew.
"One of the veterans attending served in the Arctic Convoy as an engineer and pilot, he had many a story to tell," Russ Honeyman, Commercial Director for 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."
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."