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

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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

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