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Ludlow MP Philip Dunne (left) watches as Edward Wood of the Wood Brewery pours the first pint of W•P•G Athletes’ Ale in the Commons (July 2012)

Ludlow Constituency MP Philip Dunne was at the House of Commons to help our MD Edward Wood pour the first pints of W•P•B Athletes’ Ale in the Strangers’ Bar.

We’re brewing it to commemorate the famous Olympian links of Much Wenlock, the birthplace of William Penny Brookes who is widely accredited as the founder of the modern Olympic Games.

Brookes organised the first Wenlock Olympian Games in 1850 and they are still held annually. The modern Olympics were first staged in Athens in 1896 after Brookes invited their organiser, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, to witness the Wenlock games. Coubertin subsequently transferred the format to the larger, grander occasion typified by the London games that are about to get under way.

The Commons ordered five barrels of Athletes’ Ale and Mr Dunne said: “I’m delighted we have a local beer associated with the Olympian tradition on sale here in the Commons so close to the start of the London games.”

Mr Dunne is a long-standing supporter of independent local brewers as providers of valuable jobs in rural areas.Three years ago he helped judge the best beers at the Small Independent Brewers’ Association finals for Wales and the West region (which includes Shropshire) when it was first held in Ludlow