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A ‘Novel’ Celebration Of Birmingham’s Heritage

17 October 2012

Celebrating the West Midlands’ fine brewing history, direct descendent of William Waters Butler and author, Mark Young will be attending a book signing at the old Mitchells and Butler site in Smethwick on Friday 16th September.

Mark, who is the great-grandson of William Waters Butler, has collated a personal memoir and history of the renowned M&B brand in his book entitled ‘Good Honest Beer’.

He will be signing the first copies hot off the press at Persimmon Homes’ Mitchells Brook housing development which is located on the former M&B site at Cape Hill, on Friday 16th September between 11.30am and 2pm.

Mark comments: “Good Honest Beer has been lovingly produced and carefully written depicting the great heritage of the Black Country brewing industry and the history of M&B. I’m very much looking forward to the book signing and am hoping to see some budding historians and those with a keen interest in brewing.”

On the day, Mark will be joined by his family, plus former employees of M&B, friends of the Highgate Brewery and representatives from Persimmon Homes, who are hosting the occasion.

Visitors will be given the chance to chat with Mark about his book and his part in the Midlands dynasty that is M&B. There will also be a number of old and new photographs and memorabilia from the site to view as well as refreshments on offer.

Mark is offering a special launch day price on Good Honest Beer at £12. To find out more about the event, contact Persimmon Homes’ Mitchells Brook marketing suite on 08444 901 816, open daily from 11am until 5pm.

About the author:
Good Honest Beer will retail at £15 and can be ordered free post from the publisher, Broad Street Publishing. ISBN: 9780955701979

Written by Mark Young, a direct descendant of William Waters Butler, Chairman of Mitchells & Butler from 1914 to 1939, the book is both a history and a personal memoir of the company from its formation in 1898 until today.

The book is illustrated with old pictures, plus images of family items and moments from the author's own recent visits to Cape Hill.

About the housing development:
Persimmon Homes’ Mitchells Brook development is situated on the site of the former Mitchells and Butlers Brewery site at Cape Hill. The development incorporates a selection of two, three and four bedroom houses.

Appreciating the history of the site, Persimmon has sympathetically kept many features of the old brewery site, including the war memorial, which has now been re-sited to a position which can be accessed by all. Once complete, Mitchell’s Brook will provide over 600 homes to Cape Hill, creating a brand new community.

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