Working in the shop at Kirkby Stephen East oday - where were you all? It was pretty darn cool in there, you wouldn't have needed much air conditioning. I guess it is all we can hope for on Bank Holidays.
Anyway we had plenty of visitors to keep us moving. And around lunch time Anthony from the Croglin Brewery dropped in with some very interesting news. He was telling me that they are planning a special brew to celebrate the 'Stainmore 150' weekend and he brought along the artwork for the pump clip to show me. The 'Crog' will be running a Beer Festival to concide with the '150' event. Things are certainly going to be hopping along at our end of town during the August Bank Holiday weekend.
The new ale will be called 'Black Five' and as soon as I get more information I will put a page up on the main 'Stainmore 150' website and I am sure the brew will be featured on the CAMRA site too. You might think that LMS 'B;ack Fives' were much more of a feature of the West station and of course they were but there was at least one visited Kirkby Stephen East in the 1950's on an SLS 'NorthernFells Railtour'. There is a photograph of the engine (42962) at the Darlington Platform not 50 yards from the 'Crog' (see page 184 of Peter Walton's book). Of course that is as far as it ever got - no chance of anything as large as a 'Black Five' being allowed eastwards over Stainmore.
As the famous Fletcher 2-4-0 is going to be on loan to use Kirkby Stephen from the National Railway Museum from August for the next five years I can't help but feel that the Croglin Brewery might have missed a bit of a trick in not calling this new ale 'Old 910' after their legendary new neighbour but maybe that's one that they can consider for some future amber nectar!