Tens of thousands of pounds are raised for the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal in pubs across the country every year, and 2023 will have been no different.
The Remembrance display at the Blue Ball Inn, Worrall
According to the Royal British Legion, one in four people in the Armed Forces community feel lonely ‘always’ or ‘often’. Pubs up and down the country actively engage the residents of their area, through informal conversation or organised activities. Pubs help to combat loneliness.
“We sell poppies in our pub every year, and on Sunday we’ll be going to the village Remembrance service, alongside the rest of the community,” said Emma Shepherd, license of the Blue Boar Inn, Worrall.
“Our pub is in a rural area, so for many people this is the only place nearby they can buy a poppy. It’s great to be able to provide this support for our community and help raise money for the Royal British Legion, as well as more broadly support Remembrance services in our local area. I’m sure many pubs across the country will be doing similar this weekend.”
Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association, said: “The Remembrance Day commemorations going on in hundreds of pubs across the country are a great example of the value pubs provide to communities far beyond the food and drink they serve.
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“Pubs remain some of the final ubiquitous social spaces that truly unite people, in remembrance, celebration, and friendship. This is a crucial role they have in our society that significantly increases the return in value seen on any support pubs receive from government.”
Yorkshire brewer Timothy Taylor’s has this month reintroduced its Havercake ale. It was originally brewed to honour the soldiers of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, affectionately nicknamed Havercake Lads.
The beer retains its military tradition with 10p from every pint of cask Havercake sold now going to the Army Benevolent Fund, the Army’s national charity, which supports soldiers, past and present, and their families for life.