A beer has been launched to honour a ‘remarkable’ young man and his travel company, which has gone on to celebrate 100 years in business.

Arthur Skill is a 4.2% ABV coffee stout which has been created by Castle Rock Brewery to celebrate a milestone year for Skills Coaches, which has grown to be one of the Midlands’ largest tour companies.

Arthur Skill, of Nottingham, was 19 in 1919, when he bought a fish lorry. It doubled as a people carrier to take workmen to places of employment, including an industrial plant in Spondon, Derby.  

From the popularity of this service, so began Skills Coaches, the Nottingham-based travel company that has since carried hundreds of thousands of travellers and holiday-makers to destinations across the UK and Europe. Last year alone it took 12,000 people to more than 200 destinations.

Now, Nottingham’s Castle Rock Brewery has honoured the legacy of Skills, by devising a new beer, the first Nottingham Celebration Ale of 2019.

Nigel Skill, the company chairman, and grandson of Arthur, said: “My grandad was a remarkable man. His pioneering spirit provided an important service for local workers. From there, the company grew and grew to become one of the area’s largest tour operators, and its longevity is testament to the hard work of our staff.”

“We are delighted with this partnership with Castle Rock Brewery and we raise a toast to Arthur and his legacy.”

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