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Tiger Gives Returning Troops A Taste of Home

manreadingEverards has donated cases of its flagship brew to the RAF-led Beer for the Boys campaign, which aims to provide servicemen and women with a cool beer during their return flight.

Around 28,000 beers have been delivered to troops since the campaign began two years ago. It was conceived by Wing Commander Steve Chadwick, Officer Commanding 216 Squadron based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, which operates the RAF TriStar aircraft flying in and out of Afghanistan.

He said: “I felt it would be a nice thing to do after the guys had done their time in theatre, on behalf of a grateful nation and the RAF.

“The principle is that a cold beer thrust into the hand once the TriStar is safely away from the ground and out of harm’s way marks the point where he knows he is going home after six months of fighting. It is just a token, but an important one.”

Alcohol is not available to British troops while serving in Afghanistan, making the experience of a cold thirst-quencher on the flight home all the more special.

Erika Hardy, marketing manager at Everards, said: “We’re very proud to support the Beer for the Boys appeal. It is a very thoughtful tribute for servicemen and women returning from duty.

“Many of us will have friends, family and loved ones who will be coming home after a long period away and hope they enjoy a bottle of Leicestershire’s finest, Tiger Bitter, during their flight.”

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