London Pride Tour Experience gift set give away
Last week we offered this Fuller’s gift set with a free tour of the Griffin Brewery to the first person to contact us with the correct answer to the question:
How did Fuller’s London Pride beer get its name? (What is it called after and why?)
The answer is Saxifraga x urbium (London Pride). After World War II the evergreen perennial sprang up on post war bombsites and the profusion of pink flushed white flowers were taken as a sign of life and hope for the future.
NoëlCoward wrote a song about it. The story goes that he was sitting on a seat on a platform at Paddington Station in the spring of 1941 ‘watching Londoners going about their business quite unfazed by the broken glass scattered around from the station’s roof damaged by the previous night’s bombing.
‘In a moment of patriotic pride, he said that suddenly he recalled an old English folk song which had been apparently appropriated by the Germans for their national anthem, and it occurred to him that he could reclaim the melody in a new song.’ (Wikkipedia)
The opening lines of the song are:
London Pride has been handed down to us,
London Pride is a flower that’s free.
London Pride means our own dear town to us,
And our pride it forever will be.
Images above: Saxifraga x urbium at the brewery in winter; Saxifraga x urbium flowering in summer – photograph Dominicus Johannes Bergsma licence
The winner was Nathanial Matthews, who will be receiving a London Pride Tour Experience gift set comprising:
2 x London Pride pint glasses
8 x London Pride 500ml
1 x London Pride Keychain Bottle Opener
1 x Fuller’s Brewery Tour Voucher 1 or 2 person
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The Chiswick Calendar Community Interest Company is sponsored by Asahi, owners of the Griffin Brewery. They are members of our Club Card scheme and offer holders of a Chiswick Calendar Club Card 15% off tours of the brewery (usual price £25) and 15% off everything in the shop (at any time) except spirits. To book using your card please go in to the shop on site and show your Club Card.
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