Raise a toast in Re­mem­brance

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PUB NEWS -

1916 is re­mem­bered in the UK as we mark the cen­te­nary of the Somme Of­fen­sive which started in July and went on to Novem­ber.

The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion has made spe­cial pop­pies to re­mem­ber the 1,000,000 Bri­tish, French and Ger­man ca­su­al­ties – dead, wounded and miss­ing. We must also re­mem­ber that oth­ers were suf­fer­ing; in Fe­bru­ary the Bat­tle of Ver­dun be­gan and lasted 300 days, with around 300,000 French and Ger­man dead out of 800,000 ca­su­al­ties. Other ac­tions were tak­ing place at sea, in Africa, the Balkans, Italy and the Mid­dle-East. All in all, 1916 was a very bad year.

Many brew­ers sup­port The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion’s Poppy Ap­peal with do­na­tions from the sales of spe­cial ‘Poppy’ ales like Ot­ter Poppy and most pubs have pop­pies on the bar for us to buy and wear in re­mem­brance. XT brew­ery (a Lo­cAle brewer) works with other small brew­ers around the coun­try to brew ‘Lest we For­get’ – with an iconic pump clip.

The na­tion holds a two minute si­lence on Armistice Day ‘at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month’, a Fri­day this year. Ser­vices will be held on Re­mem­brance Sun­day (Novem­ber 13) around the coun­try: the main one is at the Ceno­taph in White­hall, the United King­dom’s pri­mary na­tional war me­mo­rial since 1920.

These pubs usu­ally put on a Re­mem­brance Ale so we can hon­our the ca­su­al­ties: The Bell (Char­tridge), The Black Cat (Lye Green), The Craft Beer Shop (Lit­tle Chal­font), The Game­keep­ers Lodge (Che­sham), The Gen­er­als Arms (Che­sham), The Ge­orge & Dragon – with knit­ted pop­pies (Che­sham), The Hen & Chick­ens (Bot­ley), The Jolly Sports­man (Che­sham), The Pheas­ant (Che­sham), The Plough (Hyde Heath), The Red Lion (Che­nies), The Red Lion (Mar­sworth), The Squir­rel (Penn Street) and The White Lion (Lit­tle Chal­font). So raise a som­bre glass: we will re­mem­ber them.

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