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War hero toasts special new beer in Keighley
An inspirational soldier who cheated death in a Taliban bomb blast visited Keighley to launch a special new beer.
Corporal Andy Reid, who lost both legs and his right arm in the attack, visited Timothy Taylor brewery to give his seal of approval to Havercake Ale.
The brew was originally produced to celebrate the tercentenary of the then Duke of Wellington’s Regiment in 2002.
It was brewed again last year to mark the return from Afghanistan of the renamed 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment.
Now it’s back on sale, and – as in 2012 – 10p from each pint or bottle sold is being donated to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.
“When I heard Timothy Taylor was giving a donation for every pint or bottle sold, I couldn’t resist seeing how this iconic beer is produced,” said Cpl Reid, who intends stocking it at his bar in St Helens.
“Having benefited from the great work ABF The Soldiers’ Charity does, I would urge everyone to enjoy a Havercake and at the same time contribute to this fantastic cause.”
Cpl Reid was blown up by an improvised explosive device in October 2009, while serving with the 3rd Battalion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
His severe injuries left his life hanging in the balance.
Now, he is a motivational speaker, and is heavily involved with the work of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.
He has tackled fundraising challenges, including skydives and a Land’s End to John O’Groats bike ride.
During his visit to Taylor’s, Cpl Reid was given a guided tour of the brewery.
Managing director, Charles Dent, said: “The brewery has long-standing connections with the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment – Timothy Taylor himself joined the Volunteer Corps in 1858.
“We wanted to recognise the huge debt of gratitude we owe to our servicemen and women, and particularly honour our local regiment. What better way than another special brew of Havercake Ale, and who better to launch it than Andy Reid?”
He hopes about £8,000 will be raised for the charity. The ale is available on draught at selected pubs this month, bottled from some supermarkets or from the timothytaylorshop.co.uk website.
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