Raise your glass to ‘the few’
BRIAN KILBEY of Chilterns CAMRA looks at how local pubs will be marking the anniversary of the Battle of Britain
LAST year was the 75th anniversary of the air battle that saved Britain from invasion.
September 15, a Sunday in 1940, was the climax of the battle with around 1,500 aircraft involved.
As a result, the invasion of Britain, operation Sea Lion, was ‘postponed’.
Last year there were stacks of public events to celebrate the anniversary, this time I find far fewer.
Never mind, The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be up and about.
Many pubs will be offering a memorial ale during the week so we can remember ‘the few’.
Some pubs will put on Shepherd Neame Spitfire but there are other beers: Church End Brewery has Battle of Britain 70 and Wolf Brewery has Battle of Britain (a donation is made to the Royal Air Forces Association Wings appeal for every cask sold).
LocAle choices are Tring Brewery with Squadron Scramble and Chiltern Brewery which has Battle of Britain Old Ale in bottles – a donation is made to the RAF Halton charities.
Look for one of these at The Bell (Chartridge), The Black Cat (Lye Green), The Black Horse Inn (Chesham Vale), The Chequers (Amersham), The Craft Beer Shop (Little Chalfont)The Crown (Ley Hill), The Gamekeepers Lodge (Chesham), The Generals Arms (Chesh- am), The George & Dragon (Chesham), The Greyhound (Wigginton), The Jolly Sportsman (Chesham), The Pheasant (Chesham), The Plough (Hyde Heath) The Red Lion (Chenies), The Red Lion (Marsworth) and The Saracens Head (Amersham). There must be others that I do not know about.
For information on CAMRA contact Dave Badminton: chairman@ midchilternscamra.org. uk
For information on CAMRA LocAle contact Roy Humphrey: locale@ midchilternscamra.org. uk