Beer boosts memorial campaign

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The Carnaby Airfield Memorial campaign has been given a big boost with the launch of a new beer at the House of Commons.

The campaign aims to raise funds to erect a fitting memorial with an information centre, on the Carnaby Industrial Estate which is the site of an old World War II airfield.

During the war, the airfield was an emergency landing strip for stricken RAF planes and had fog dispersal equipment allowing returning aircraft to land, even during the heaviest fog. The airfield had facilitated over 1,500 emergency landings by the end of the war. ‘FIDO’ was an acronym used at the time for Fog Investigation Dispersal Operation – which was the essential part of the Carnaby Airfield operation.

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight, who represents Carnaby and Brigg and Goole MP Andrew Percy, in conjunction with the Ferns Farm Hotel at Carnaby, are now giving the campaign a boost by promoting a new ‘FIDO’ beer at the House of Commons.

The beer is produced by Old Mill Brewery at Snaith, in Mr Percy’s constituency, and is a unique brew produced especially for the campaign.

MPs will not be getting free drinks however. The beer will be sold with a 5p per pint donation from all sales to be made to the memorial campaign.

The beer was launched in the public bar at the House of Commons by Sir Greg with fellow Yorkshire MP, William Hague and Andrew Percy MP.

Sir Greg praised the Ferns Farm Hotel at Carnaby for their campaign and added: “I applaud the very public spirited action by this hotel and I am full of praise for the way they are seeking to ensure there is a fitting memorial in the village of Carnaby. I also pay tribute to the local members of the fundraising committee.”

The event is being spearheaded by Ferns Farm Hotel landlady, Kate Dawson.