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Added: Wednesday, July 31st 2013

TOAST THE BRAVERY OF RAF NO. 617 SQUADRON (The Dambusters)

Aviation enthusiasts and real ale fans can raise a glass to a good cause with a fundraising tipple commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters raid that hastened the end of World War Two. 

Batemans Brewery, based in Wainfleet, Lincolnshire,  has produced the new 617 Ale available in both bottle and on draught.. For every bottle sold or pint drunk, the brewery will donate 10p to Leonard Cheshire Disability, the official charity of RAF No. 617 Squadron in 2013. 

The charity supports thousands of disabled people to live the way they choose, and helps them achieve what is important to them. It was founded by Group Captain Leonard Cheshire who led the Squadron for eight months during World War II and became the most decorated bomber pilot of the conflict when he was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1944. 

617 Ale  is a light and refreshing golden beer with a citrus finish, packed full of floral notes. It’s hoped that the bottle may become a permanent addition to the Bateman's range, which includes popular beers such Dark Lord, Victory Ale, Combined Harvest and XXXB. 

Batemans Marketing Director Jaclyn Bateman said: “25 years ago we were honoured at the brewery when some of the Squadron veterans who had taken part in the Dambusters raid came and celebrated the anniversary. 

“It was very humbling listening to their stories, a day I will never forget.  Bateman's are delighted once again to be playing a small part, and working with Lincolnshire Co-op to help raise money for the RAF No. 617 Squadron charity, Leonard Cheshire Disability". 

Head of High Value Partnerships at Leonard Cheshire Disability Desiree D'Souza commented: “We are thrilled to be partnered with Bateman's Brewery and would like to thank them for creating a brand new 617 Ale that will commemorate the heritage of our founder. Please join us and raise a glass – and help raise much-needed funds for our work with disabled people in the UK and around the world.”