Cheers! Brewery’s beer boost to de Havilland Aircraft Museum

Andrew Jackson (left) presents the £2,400 cheque to Mike Nevin [Picture: DHAM]

Andrew Jackson (left) presents the £2,400 cheque to Mike Nevin [Picture: DHAM]

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It was cheers and beers all round when an award-winning brewery celebrated the success of its latest special drinks promotion by making a £2,400 donation to a museum.

Tring Brewery managing director Andrew Jackson handed the cheque to the de Havilland Aircraft Museum at an evening reception at the brewery on Wednesday, March 1.

He said: “The museum is an extremely important one for the county because de Havilland was at the forefront of aviation development and a major employer in the area.”

In a year-long promotion in 2016, the brewery developed a special beer for each month, naming each one after the many aeroplanes designed and built by de Havilland over its seven decades at its base at Hatfield.

Examples of some of the aircraft, such as the Mosquito, Chipmunk, Tiger Moth, Vampire and Sea Vixen, are among the 20 or so historic types on display at the museum just off Junction 22 of the M25 at Salisbury Hall, London Colney.

All 12 monthly winners’ names were put into a draw for the overall winner to win a flight for two in a de Havilland Rapide passenger biplane.

“The museum is such a very worthwhile cause, and we are delighted the beers have been so successful for it,” said marketing manager Ben Marston after taking the winners on a tour of the brewery, which produces 31,000 pints of beer a week.

Winner of the flight in a Rapide was Julian Tunks, of Pitstone, who was congratulated by museum marketing director Mike Nevin.

The museum is operated by the de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre, which is a registered charity.

It is run entirely by unpaid volunteers.

The museum was founded in the late 1950s by Mr Walter Goldsmith, then the owner of Salisbury Hall, and the Prototype Mosquito was its first aircraft.

It now has more than 20 aircraft designed and built over some 70 years by de Havilland Aircraft Company at Hatfield, and with three has more Mosquitoes than any other aviation museum in the world.

The museum has launched a major fundraising campaign to finance building a new hangar to enable it to get more of its aircraft under cover.

The de Havilland Aircraft Museum reopens for the new season on Sunday, March 5.

Details can be found at www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk

• For more information about the museum, visit www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk and about the brewery visit www.tringbrewery.co.uk

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