Friends of “inspirational” Peterborough head teacher Martin Bacon who died from a brain tumour in 2013 have raised a toast in his memory - by producing a beer named after him.
Colleagues of Martin Bacon, who led Nene Park Academy as executive principal for Cambridgeshire Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT), have launched the drink titled MBA - Martin Bacon Ale.
The beer, which is being made at the Star Brewing Company in Market Deeping will raise funds for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, where Mr Bacon was treated before he died in May, aged 46.
The drink was dreamt up and designed by staff at CMAT, who thought it would be a perfect tribute to Mr Bacon, who was a real ale fan.
Mr Bacon’s friend and current CMAT executive principal, Mark Woods, said: “Martin was much more than a work colleague, he was a great and true friend to me and to many of us here.
“He was a big fan of real ale and we couldn’t think of a more fitting way to raise money in his name than by creating a beer especially for him.”
Tom Marriott, joint owner of the Star Brewing Company, said: “We were contacted by CMAT and thought it was a great idea, so we were happy to get involved. The first 400 bottles have already sold out and we’re currently producing the second batch.
“It’s a golden best bitter and has a 4.4 per cent volume. It is quite hoppy and has been made using Australian and European hops.”
The tribute to Mr Bacon, printed on the label, reads: “Martin Bacon was a truly inspirational teacher and leader, passionate about education and about getting the very best out of every student.
“He was a great friend and a fireball of boundless energy and enthusiasm. He was also a real ale fan who had many of his most innovative ideas after a couple of pints of the good stuff.
“So, what better way to pay tribute than with a pint of fabulous local beer? This brew – Martin Bacon Ale (MBA) - is made especially for you, Martin.
“It has been designed by some of your closest friends. So, we raise our glasses to you and to your tremendous legacy. Cheers, mate.”
Mr Bacon, a married father of two, took up his first post in Peterborough as a teacher of religious education at The King’s School, where he became head of the RE department.
After a move to Longsands College in St Neots, he returned to Peterborough to become deputy head teacher at Deacon’s School, before taking over at Nene Park.
The beer comes in boxes of 12, and costs £30 with almost £10 per box going to the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice.
To order contact the Star Brewing Company on 01778 380480 or email Clive Paskell at CMAT - firstname.lastname@example.org