A BREWERY is launching a series of ales to bottle the memory of some historic characters.

Wall’s Brewery, in Northallerton, said it will toast Thirsk-born 18th century professional cricketer Thomas Lord, the father of flight and Scarborough MP Sir George Cayley with full-bodied brews.

The series has started with Longevity, a milk stout in tribute to Henry Jenkins, of Ellerton-on-Swale, North Yorkshire, who claimed to be 169 years old before he died in 1670.

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Jenkins claimed to have been born in 1501, before parish records were required, and to have carried arrows to the English archers at the Battle of Flodden in 1513.

A spokesman for the brewery said: “It is a really strong area for tourists and hopefully people will see the bottles and ask more questions about the characters.”

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