Brewer says cheers to the Save Druridge campaign

Christine and Hannah Forsyth with the petition and  Save Druridge beer at The Ship Inn.'Picture by Jane Coltman
Christine and Hannah Forsyth with the petition and Save Druridge beer at The Ship Inn.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Not content with its own song and music video, the Save Druridge campaign now also has its own beer.

Michael Hegarty, from Morpeth, is the brewer at The Ship Inn at Low Newton-by-the-Sea. When he heard about the Save Druridge campaign, he wanted to help, but wasn’t intially sure of the best way to get involved.

However, he decided that as brewing is what he does, making a beer would be the best thing. So he created Save Druridge Bay beer, an appropriately sandy-coloured ale, from whose sales 10p per pint will be donated to the campaign, thanks to the agreement of landlady Christine Forsyth.

“It’s the least I could do as the campaign hasn’t got much money and I brew beer so I thought, ‘there’s something I can do’,” said Michael. “Kindly, Christine said we can donate 10p a pint.”

Thanks to a partnership with Brewlab in Sunderland, the beer will be bottled and sold at the Driftwood Café in Cresswell.

Michael started his working life serving his apprenticeship in the mines, but now that he is involved in hospitality, he is very aware of how important tourism is to the North East and Northumberland, fearing the impact the Highthorn proposals would have on visitors to the Druridge Bay area.