Nigel Morter and Claire Nugent, owners of The Control Tower Bed & Breakfast in Norfolk, are organising a series of events to raise money for the construction of a £30,000 memorial at the former RAF North Creake. The campaign, entitled Time To Remember, begins with the launch of a charity beer called Drink To Remember, created by Beeston Brewery. It will be available in both cask and bottle form, and approximately 15p from each pint sold will go towards the memorial.
Drink To Remember, described as a hoppy amber bitter with lightly toasted malts to give a full bodied fruity character, will be launched at the Winter Great British Beer Festival in Norwich on February 20. It will be simultaneously available in selected pubs in North Norfolk (see below) and in bottles from April. The beer will be available for the duration of the Time To Remember campaign, which ends in August 2020.
The sculpture, by Andy Knighton, depicts a Short Stirling in flight, and will be placed on the site of the old airfield alongside a roll of honour. RAF North Creake was operational from June 1944 until May 1945 and played a critical role in supporting Bomber Command. Flying four-engine ‘heavies’ (initially Stirlings and later the Handley Page Halifax) the RAF’s 199 and 171 Squadrons flew secretive radio countermeasures operations.
Nigel Morter commented: “As a result of the secret nature of the operations undertaken from this airfield, the story of North Creake has mostly been lost, but having made such a critical contribution, we feel it is time it was remembered.” For more information on the beer, memorial project and The Control Tower B&B see: http://controltowerstays.com/history.html
Where to buy the beer
From February 20, the following will be serving Drink To Remember:
The Winter Great British Beer Festival Norwich
- Binham Chequers – http://www.binhamchequers.co.uk/
- Black Lion – Little Walsingham – http://www.blacklionhotelnorfolk.co.uk/
- The Carpenters Arms – Wighton – https://www.carpentersarmsnorfolk.co.uk/
- The Lifeboat Inn – Wells-next-the-Sea http://www.wellsnextthesea.co.uk/bnb/detail/13/
- The Three Horseshoes – Warham http://warhamhorseshoes.co.uk/
- The Brisley Bell – Brisley https://www.thebrisleybell.co.uk/
From April 2018:
The Real Ale Shop – mail order bottles available http://www.therealaleshop.co.uk/