HYNDBURN’S teetotal Mayoress has had a beer named after her.
Chain of Office – Very Important Pint was brewed as a one-off for Sue Johnson, who runs the Peel Park pub on Turkey Street, Accrington, by the Heywood-based Phoenix Brewery.
She said: “It started off as a bit of a joke. The brewery rep didn’t believe I was the Mayoress so when I showed him a picture of the Mayor-making ceremony he was really shocked.
“The next thing I know is I’m getting my own beer and pump clip with the normal delivery.
“I think it’s hilarious because I’m not a drinker. Unless it tastes like coffee and chocolate it’s not going to be to my taste.”
The Peel Park will be the only pub to stock the real ale.
Sue added: “We took over the pub five-and-a-half years ago. We bought it as a run-down ruin and it really is a phoenix that has risen from the ashes.
“The beer’s really popular with the regulars. I think it’s a lovely gesture from the company.”