Ramsbury Brewery are partnering with ‘The Night Fright’ C-47 Restoration project at the old Membury airfield with the rebranding of their award winning ‘506’ ale.
Heritage and education are something that are at the heart of what Ramsbury Estates and ‘The Night Fright’ Project stand for
Paratroopers from the 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division were billeted at Ramsbury and Aldbourne in the lead up to D-Day, a few months later Night Fright dropped those very same paratroopers into battle over the skies of Holland as part of ‘Operation Market Garden’, setting out from its wartime base of Membury.
To celebrate this partnership and the relaunch of ‘506’, on the anniversary of ‘Operation Market Garden’ Ramsbury Estates are inviting all to Ramsbury Brewery & Distillery, Stockclose Farm, Aldbourne, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 2NN.
‘The Night Fright’ is a Dakota C47 transport aircraft, currently being restored (click for info) and will return to her wartime base at Membury making her the only C-47 in the world to operate from her original wartime base. Through taking part in airshows, displays and round canopy parachute drops, the ‘Night Fright’ team will aim to keep history alive.
The rebranding of this iconic ale is a tribute to those men and links together the history of Ramsbury, Membury and Night Fright with “a drop of history”.
Charlie Walker, Night Fright Project lead commented, “I am delighted to partner with Ramsbury, there is so much local history and heritage, and the ‘506’ ale is a wonderful tribute to those men who fought for our freedom.”
Alistair Ewing, Ramsbury Estates group manager commented: “Our local history has somewhat defined who we are. By naming one of our beers ‘506’, it brings home the tremendous sacrifice of boys who were stationed here in the ‘forties’ and immediately bonded the rural people of Wiltshire to all parts of the USA.
By teaming up with the Night Fright project it only adds to the poignancy of that exciting and sad moment in history.”
Through the world class restoration of the C-47 transport aircraft christened “Night Fright” by her wartime pilot, we will honour the memory of Troop Carrier Command and those who fought for our freedom.