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Contact and navigation 14 February, 2010

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I’ve added a CONTACT page to this blog. It contains some bits and pieces about myself, my e-mail address, posting rules and some information on navigating this blog and subscribing to feeds, posts and comments.

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This time with pictures: The Collingwood 2010 Festival Ale – plus event information 14 February, 2010

Posted by Molly Joyful in Cuthbert Collingwood, Events, things you don't need but probably want, Trivia.
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As already announced and discussed in a previous post, Wylam Brewery has produced a special ale in honour of Admiral Lord Collingwood. I’ve kindly been provided with a press release and pictures now; the press release also contains some information on the events in Newcastle.

But first things  first – beer!

Captain Stephen Healy, Chairman of the Collingwood 2010 Festival Committee, and Matt Boyle, of Wylam Brewery, toast the launch of the new ale at the Collingwood Monument, Tynemouth. Collingwood approves, it seems!

The 4.1% ABV pale ale is described as “honey-soaked in colour with a sweet tangerine aroma from the finishing hop, light and soft bodied with a citrus zest/fresh pinewood flavour and an appetisingly dry and bitter finish”.

John Boyle, managing director of the Tyne Valley-based Wylam Brewery, said: “The Collingwood Festival Ale is going down very well indeed. In fact demand was so strong that we sold most of the first 3,200 litre batch in a couple of days.

“We had a report from the Central Bar in Gateshead that their first 72-pint cask sold out in two or three hours, when a popular cask ale would normally last two or three days.”

Captain Stephen Healy, Chairman of the Collingwood 2010 Festival Committee, said: “We’re delighted to have Wylam Brewery on board. They have produced a superb beer to help us celebrate the life and achievements of one of our greatest heroes.”

Right, I have to ask now: could some kind soul organise a bottle of this ale for me – please?
Postage paid, eternal gratitude assured. An empty bottle will do (I know it will come as a shock, but I don’t like beer… yes, I know, don’t mention it).

Captain Stephen Healy, of the Collingwood 2010 committee; Matt Boyle, of Wylam Brewery; the Collingwood Festival Ale and one of the cannons of the Royal Sovereign, Collingwood's flag ship.

The ale comes with additional information on planned events:

It will be enjoyed at a civic dinner hosted by the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Cllr Mike Cookson, on 6 March, which forms part of a special weekend of Collingwood events.

The following day, Sunday 7 March – the 200th anniversary of Collingwood’s death at sea – there will be a naval parade through the city and a memorial service in St Nicholas Cathedral, followed by a spectacular event at the Collingwood Monument, Tynemouth with warship and gun salutes, attended by the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope.

Why this blog here exists isn’t a secret for readers of “The Joyful Molly” (I’m a geek, that’s why), but what are the reasons of the Collingwood 2010 Festival Committee to commit so much time to the memory of Admiral Lord Collingwood? It won’t be a surprise for you to learn that their reasons are far more serious and noble:

The Collingwood 2010 Festival is devoted to bringing him [Collingwood] out of Nelson’s shadow and into the public gaze. Throughout the year events will take place in Newcastle, Tynemouth, Gateshead, Morpeth, Sunderland and other venues across the North East.

Capt Healy said: “Anyone who has sailed in or out of the River Tyne, or visited the coast at Tynemouth or South Shields, is aware of the Collingwood Monument and every Geordie knows Collingwood Street in Newcastle.

“Few however know much about the man for whom they are named and the festival is intended to raise Collingwood’s profile, making adults and children alike aware of the achievements of this true local hero and his place in this nation’s history”.

*applause*