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Beer lover nets year of ale for winning comp

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 16, 2014

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A BEER lover from South Derbyshire has won a year’s supply of Burton’s most iconic ale after coming out on top in a national competition.

Roo Luckett, of Castle Street, Melbourne, could not believe his luck after he won Marston’s, based in Shobnall Road, ‘beer for a year’ competition for his creation of a short passage on what the firm’s Pedigree ale means to him.

His winning entry has seen him handed eight 500ml bottles of Pedigree for twelve months – so that is 96 bottles in total.

His answer stated: “I‘m Burton born and bred so Pedigree is my birth water.

“I’ve travelled, tasted and enjoyed other beers but nothing on this planet beats Pedigree.

“A life of Pedigree? To me it’s more ‘Pedigree for life.

“You can take the boy out of Burton but you cannot take Pedigree out of the boy.”

His entry was chosen from dozens posted on Facebook.

He told the Mail: “I’m over the moon about winning – I don’t normally enter competitions but when it was for Pedigree, which is my drink of choice, I thought I’d give it a go.

“I got the phrase ‘birth water’ from my Mum, who sadly died last November.

“She was from Burton and very proud of the town and its beers.

“She always told me that Pedigree was my birth water and that phrase has always stuck in my head.”

The competition was launched in a bid to get people to tell the firm what Pedigree meant to them and ran alongside a bid to get people from the town to recreate old photographs in a homage to the ale.

People are still being encouraged to take part in the ‘Grow up. Don’t change’ and to post them online for the world to see.

More information is available online at www.marstonspedigree.co.uk.

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