PUBLISHED: 15:21 24 October 2014 | UPDATED: 13:14 30 August 2017



St Austell Brewery’s new display commemorates and celebrates the lives of those who did their bit during the wars

St Austell Brewery’s new display commemorating and celebrating the lives of those who did their bit during the wars has been officially opened with a flourish and a real flavour of the past.

A special evening of wartime songs and stories re-telling the exploits of Hicks family members and other families connected to the brewery, including a rendition of the Last Post and a reading of the Ode to Remembrance, culminated in the exhibition being opened by Mr Piers Thompson, former Company MD and great grandson of founding father Walter Hicks.

'This was a really special and very moving event,' says Chris Knight, company archivist. 'We wanted to say thank you to everyone who has contributed memories and artefacts to the display and this was their evening. We are all delighted that others will be able to share these stories, many of them being told for the first time, and we look forward to adding to them with the help of the local community.'

Currently housed in the Brewery’s temporary exhibits area in the Visitor Centre, the display is free to view and features a wide variety of contributions across both world wars, as well as an overview of the effects of the wars on the Brewery and brewing in general.

Featuring tales of floating and flying breweries along with wartime morale boosting cartoons, the display will be moved to a larger and more permanent position next year as the Brewery museum develops. If you would like to add your memories or artefacts to the display, or for more information on this and other planned displays, contact the archive team on

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