Rugby pub raises thousands for armed forces' charities

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Beer festival: the Merchants Inn, in Rugby, raised thousands of pounds for armed forces’ charities
Beer festival: the Merchants Inn, in Rugby, raised thousands of pounds for armed forces’ charities

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A pub has raised thousands of pounds for armed forces’ charities during a festival of remembrance.

The ‘100 years, 100 beers’ beer festival ran for a week this month and marked the centenary of the declaration of peace in the First World War.

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The Merchants Inn in Rugby, Warwickshire – part of the Burlison Inns portfolio of properties – raised a total of £3,295.13. The money will go to the SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, formerly known as Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association – and the Royal British Legion.

Community dedication

Operations manager Scott Whyment said: “Beer festivals are central to our core business plan, and through the dedication of staff and locals alike, this one was exemplary.”

“We had superb beers available from over 60 different breweries as well as Flanders and Germany.”

A series of events throughout the week of 5-11 November included a presentation by local historian John Frearson about the town during the war. A poetry evening also paid tribute to wartime poets like Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.

The festival concluded with a silent auction of donated prizes from the trade, local rugby teams and artists.  

Some pubcos – including Greene King​ and Brewhouse & Kitchen​ – marked the centenary commemoration with limited-edition beers.

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