A PUB in Whitchurch has been remembering a colleague that died in an accident with a drink he loved.

On December 22, 2018, Ric Oldham, from Whitchurch died as a result of a crash on the B3400 near Hurstbourne Priors as he travelled to work at the Watership Down Inn.

The 35-year-old was well known at the pub, and so they decided to honour him in their own way and sell some of his favourite drink to raise money for a road safety charity.

The pub partnered with Long Dog Brewery to sell a special strain of pale ale at a beer festival that they held over second bank holiday in May, with half the money made on each bottle being given to road safety charity Brake.

The beer, called 'Destonian Knight', is still on sale at the pub, and the bottle features a picture of Ric on the label.

Lucy Arthur, marketing manager at the Watership Down Inn, said: "It was one of Ric's preferred drinks, so it made sense to use the pale ale, and Long Dog helped us to identify the right beer and name.

"It was really popular, and we had a really high level of interest in the idea. The people in the pub really loved Ric.

"People really liked the beer, and we've never done anything like this before.

"This is our biggest event of the year and we thought that it was a fitting tribute to the great man.

"He was such a great person and it was a really simple idea that took off.

"We are really looking to increase the visibility of Brake and help them out while remembering Ric."

So far, of the 400 bottles that were made, more than 200 have been sold, and with £2 from every bottle going to the road safety charity, over £400 has been raised.