Raise a pint glass to the happy couple

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AS wedding guests raise their Champagne flutes to toast the happy couple, people throughout Suffolk will be celebrating with a good old pint of British ale.

The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is set to be the biggest Royal event of recent years, and people across the country are preparing for a day of celebrations to mark April 29.

In Bury St Edmunds, those throwing street parties and wedding celebrations will be spoilt for choice with two extra-special Royal Wedding ales to choose from.

The Old Cannon Brewery, in Cannon Street, Bury St Edmunds, has launched a limited edition ale to mark the occasion.

Hornblower, a light-coloured beer with a citrusy overtone and hint of blackberry, is available at the brewery.

“We always name our beers with a gun, cannon or nautical theme so Hornblower, apart from its nautical connotations, seemed to have a nice celebratory ring to it,” said Chris Waters, head brewer at The Old Cannon Brewery.

Beer lovers will also have the opportunity to test Hornblower this weekend at the East Anglian Beer Festival, held in the Apex from April 20 to 23.

But if a quiet pint in the pub isn’t enough to mark the big day then it’s time to place an order for Hornblower.

For those organising street parties or community events to celebrate the Royal Wedding, the Old Cannon’s ale can be ordered in 18 pint, 35 pint or 72 pint containers.

But if Hornblower isn’t to your taste then don’t worry because Greene King has also announced it will be selling a special beer to mark April 29.

Celebration Pale Ale will be available from dozens of pubs and licensed premises in Bury St Edmunds and beyond.

Greene King head brewer John Bexon is confident that Celebration Pale Ale is fit for a royal occasion.

He said: “It would be good to know that the Royal Family will be supporting British brewers and farmers by providing fresh, flavoursome, cask-conditioned beer at the wedding breakfast.

“It is totally appropriate to toast the happy couple with real ale which is, after all, our national drink, on such an important national occasion.

“If they don’t already have it on the menu, Greene King would be more than happy to offer them Celebration Pale Ale as well as a selection of our award-winning beers.”

“We produce our beers with the finest quality local ingredients in a historic brewery in the heart of Bury St Edmunds, where brewing has been part of life for the last ten centuries.

“And even if I say so myself, they are fit for a king,” said John.

So grab a glass of Hornblower or Celebration Pale Ale on April 29 to toast the newlyweds.

n Meanwhile, it is all work and no play for best man, Prince Harry.

He has been promoted to Captain within the Army Air Corps and will now be known as Captain Harry Wales. The Prince, 26, has also completed an Apache training course, receiving his Apache Badge.

He will now progress to further training, and will be based at Wattisham Airfield, near Stowmarket.