Brewery to boost RNLI fundraising

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RESCUE crews on the north east coast are saying cheers, thanks to a new brewery that is dedicating cash to the RNLI.

Cullercoats Brewery has been opened by Bill Scantlebury, and will be focusing on two main beers both with a local flavour.

The Lovely Nelly and Jack The Devil, draw on the history of the lifeboats at Cullercoats, from New Year’s Day 1861, when two fisherwomen pulled the lifeboat to Whitley Bay where it could be launched into the rough conditions to rescue the Lovely Nelly which had run aground off Cullercoats Bay.

The lifeboat saved all the lives on board except one cabin boy, and the Bowman on the lifeboat was John Chisholm, known as ‘Jack the Devil’.

Bill has brewed his own beer since the age of 13 and is delighted to launch Cullercoats Brewery as a ten barrel operation meaning he can turn out 2,880 pints every week.

He said: “As a real ale drinker I am exceptionally pleased with the product we have developed.

“The added incentive for the 3p per pint donation to the RNLI is the icing on the cake for me.

“If the brewery goes to plan it could mean a donation of £4,500 in the first year alone.”

Brian Reeds from Cullercoats RNLI ,said: ‘We wish Bill the best of luck with his new venture and are thrilled to hear his two beers have a lifeboat flavour to them.

“The RNLI relies on fundraising and donations from the public and so contributions like this are vital if our charity’s volunteer crews are to continue saving lives at sea.’

Bill added: “From mid December the two beers will be spotted at bars, identifiable by their enamel metal pump clip, bearing the RNLI Lifeboats logo.

“I urge everyone to try at least one pint and help a great cause.”

Landlords and managers interested in stocking Lovely Nelly and Jack the Devil can contact Bill on 07895 692881 or by emailing