A local Wolverhampton group are celebrating visiting their 21,000th pub at Bilston’s local following a 35 year journey!
A local group aptly called the ‘Black Country Ale Tairsters’, originating from West Bromwich have spent the last 35 years on a continuous pub crawl, ensuring that they have at least a pint in every single pub in the UK. Originally the group of dedicated Banks’s ale drinkers started off visiting pubs all owned by Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries [now Marston’s] owned pubs, however they have since widened their pints and celebratrf their 21,000th pub on Friday 18th January at their old stomping ground at the White Rabbit in Bilston.
Since 1984 the group, made up of a core of five original ale ‘tairsters’ have visited every corner of the UK, including The Old Forge pub in Inverie, Lochaber, the most remote pub in the UK. Led by West Bromwich man, Pete Hill, Pete has continually bought the group together on these expeditions following a vow to his father, who was part of the group for 30 years but sadly passed away in 2014, to complete their mission of a pint in every UK pub. Along with every pub visit the group’s co-founder Peter Hill asks each landlord for a £1 donation to charity and over the years has managed to raise over £30,000 for various charities, with the most recent fundraising being for West Midlands Air Ambulance.
“We never thought we would get to 21,000 pubs, but what better way to enjoy yourself than with your mates having a pint or two of your favourite ales all over the UK, as you can imagine, we’ve had some fun.” Said Pete Hill.
Karl Osmond, area operations manager for the White Rabbit added: “You couldn’t meet a nicer bunch of guys doing this. There is an obvious charity aspect to their work, raising money whilst having a good time is a testament to them and to celebrate their 21,000th pub with us here at the White Rabbit was an honour and great to have them back in the area they know so well.”
With an estimation of over 40,000 pubs in the UK the adventure will continue for the Black Country Ale Tairsters.
For a bit of background on Pete and his Black Country Ale Taster, you can watch their documentary here. All credit and copyright to Director, Ross Harrison (email@example.com)–
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