TYNE Bank Brewery have brewed a beer to welcome home former Newcastle United Star Robbie Elliott after his 3,500 mile Bike for Bobby.
The ex-Magpies and Sunderland defender, along with fellow fundraiser Phil Gray, spent more than three weeks pedaling between the eight clubs that were managed by Sir Bobby Robson during his illustrious career.
And after visiting four countries and raising thousands for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Breakthrough Breast Cancer the duo returned home for a sportive in Ponteland, near Newcastle, and a pint of a special celebration brew.
Tyne Bank head brewer, Mark McGarry, from Benton, said he was proud to be able to support such worthy charities.
“We are proud to be associated with such a great cause and working with Robbie, Phil and the team has been great fun,” he said.
Managing director Julia Austin, from Ponteland, said she was delighted to have been asked to brew a special ale for Bike for Bobby.
“This is our second cycling themed community project,” she said. “Our Peloton Pale Ale brewed as The Free Trade Inn house ale for the launch of the Newcastle Cycle Hub has proved very popular throughout the summer.”
Sir Bobby lost his battle against cancer in 2009 but set up his charity before his death. Since then around £4 million has been raised for cancer research in the popular former England manager’s name.
Robbie played for Sir Bobby at Newcastle United and wanted to do something to pay tribute to his former mentor while raising money for the fight against cancer. Backed by a host of sporting stars, as well as Geordie royalty Ant and Dec and pop icons Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow, Robbie and Phil cycled 1,000 miles more than the Tour de France in less than four weeks.
The ale was launched at The Diamond Inn, Ponteland and the Twin Farms, Kenton Bank Foot on November 10th with pints also on the bar at The Strawberry Pub, in Newcastle, ahead of Newcastle United’s home game against West Ham.
For more information about Bike for Bobby visit www.bikeforbobby.com.