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On Sunday 11th November we were at the Kean's Head, paying our respects to all those that fought for our country and launching 'Goodbye to All That', the last of the beers in the Commemoration Collection.

(l-r)   Pete Hopkins, Nottinghamshire County Chairman, Royal British Legion; the Sheriff of Nottingham, Councillor Catharine Arnold; Castle Rock’s Liv Auckland, 95 year old veteran, Roy Pearcey and Standard Bearer, Jan Williamson

Castle Rock drinkers honour ‘the fallen’, 100 years on

Roy Pearcey, a 95 year old veteran of the Second World War took pride of place in Castle Rock Brewery’s homage to the fallen of The Great War at the Kean’s Head pub on Armistice Sunday.

Roy joined his family, the public, civic leaders, members of the armed forces, representatives of Amnesty International and the Royal British Legion for a minute’s silence before each was invited to taste ‘Goodbye to All That’, Castle Rock Brewery’s final beer in its fund-raising Commemoration Collection.

The collection range has graced pubs across the East Midlands since 2014.  It was curated by Liv Auckland to promote conversation about conflict and honours the people, places and moments of the Great War.  With each pint sold, money was put aside for the brewery’s chosen charities, The Royal British Legion and Amnesty International.  Both charities received £2,500 on Armistice Sunday.

For Gunner Pearcey, called up in 1943 and who served as an Ack-Ack gunner on merchantmen on North Atlantic convoys, the day brought back a host of memories hardly dimmed by time.  He attended with his daughter, Karen and her partner Tom, and granddaughter Amy.

Dave Coxon, landlord at the Kean’s Head, hosted the event.  He says: “Running this pub, in such an historic part of Nottingham, I was delighted to be asked to launch ‘Goodbye to All That’ and to be master of ceremonies on such a sombre occasion.

“The commemoration of such horrific times, allows us all to celebrate memories of those who gave so much for us.”

(l-r)     Castle Rock’s Liv Auckland; Kean’s Head landlord, Dave Coxon; Castle Rock managing director, Colin Wilde; The Sheriff of Nottingham, Councillor Catharine Arnold and her consort, Mark Adams; Pete Hopkins, Nottinghamshire County Chairman, Royal British Legion; Amnesty International Nottingham member, Anne Jennings; Standard Bearer, Jan Williamson, and Elaine Hopkins

‘Goodbye to All That’, Beer Launch at the Kean’s Head