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Ale and hearty in Tamworth

The much-heralded Colin Grazier Ale is finally being quaffed in the Tamworth area in celebration of one of the local heroes.

The speciality brew was on offer at the town’s recent beer festival and was created as part of the Tamworth Herald-backed Colin Grazier Memorial Fund.

In tribute to the hero sailor who gave his life in the Second World War diving into the sea to retrieve a German Enigma code machine from a U-boat, other brews were labelled Ale the Hero, Enigma Variations, U-559, Two Gates Tribute and Grazier’s Glory.

The Herald has highlighted his bravery in a series of articles and the campaign for a memorial was recognised as Best Campaign in the Press Gazette Awards.

As part of the campaign, reporter Linda Ram has been interviewing one of the men who was on board the HMS Petard on the night Grazier died in 1942.

The Herald is to track down other survivors from the extraordinary voyage that changed the course of the war – and history.

Meanwhile, Linda joined The Herald’s Phil Shanahan along with the town’s MP, local councillors and Herald competition prizewinners to judge all the ales on offer – which ranged from the more ordinary to chilli and garlic flavours.

All the beer names were chosen by Herald readers ready for the Campaign for Real Ale-orgainsed event.

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