"Special 'Plane Flew Beer In
Isles of Scilly Hotel "Saved"
Island Air Services flew a "beer special" from the mainland to the Isles of Scilly yesterday afternoon when Holgate's Hotel ran out of supplies and rather than break their rule of "beer for all every night" a chartered special 'plane to bring it over.
Mr. Howard Pender, manager of Holgate's. told "The Western Morning News" last night:-
"Our policy has been to try to get a drink for working men and visitors every night.
"We usually get our supplies by steamer on Wednesday, but for some reason they missed the boat this week and realizing that there would be a gap unless something was done, Mr. Hilgrove Hill, proprietor of Island Air Services volunteered to bring over a supply in his monoplane.
COST MORE—BUT WORTH IT
"Arrangements were made at Penzance end to have a portion of our supplies sent from the station to The Land's End Airport and two barrels of mild and one of ale were flown over.
"The pilot could have brought more, but these barrels 6cwt., which was the maximum load for the 'plane.
"The beer will cost a little more but it will be worth it."
Western Morning News - Friday 19 September 1947, page 2.
The fact that two out of the three barrels contained Mild says much about the preferences of drinkers in the 1940's. I guess all three barrels would be Lager now.