Blackburn pub names beer after former regular

Hayley pulls the first pint, watched by Carole

Eddie Smith

First published in News

DRINKERS at a Blackburn pub have toasted a former regular by drinking a pint named in his honour.

Albert Edward Smith, known as Eddie or Bazza, died in April aged 70.

In his memory, Carole Davies, landlady of the Clifton Arms pub in Grimshaw Park, ordered a barrel of special beer.

‘Eddie Smith’s Bazzer Bitter’ was launched on Father’s Day, with the first pint being pulled by his daughter Hayley.

It was recognition of the job former ‘dad of the year’ Mr Smith had done in bringing up his daughter single-handedly.

Hayley, 31, said she was honoured that her dad was being remembered in such a way. She said: “I was so chuffed. Father’s Day could have been a bit sad but this was brilliant.

“Carole has been great. We had the wake at the pub and she closed it for us. It was a reallly good thing she did in getting the beer on.

“I hadn’t realised how popular he was until he passed away.”

Mr Smith, of Honey Hole, was originally from Salford but had moved to Blackburn more than four decades ago. He left behind grandchildren Jayda, seven, Miley, five, and Jason Jnr, one.

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Hayley, who lives with her fiance Jason in Bute Road, Shadsworth, said: “He was a really popular guy and you would not have thought he was 70.

“He was really positive all the time.”

In the early 1990s, Mr Smith won a ‘father of the year’ competition sponsored by beer firm Newcastle Brown Ale.

Hayley said: “I nominated him because he brought me up on his own from being a baby. We were always close and he really deserved it.

“He was happy because he won lots of beer!”

Landlady Carole said: “We got a beer in and we were able to name it after who we wanted.

“We decided to call it Eddie Smith Bazzer Bitter because everybody loved him."

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10:02pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Stone Island: says...

It's a long time since I drank in the Clifton. Are Elaine and Clarky still knocking about?
It's a long time since I drank in the Clifton. Are Elaine and Clarky still knocking about? Stone Island:
  • Score: 6

11:15pm Fri 20 Jun 14

woolywords says...

Treasure this photo, because within 10 years, it'll be a madrassa.

I'd like to use the term, encroaching..
but, since women don't get a say,
is it OK to say, cockroaching?
Treasure this photo, because within 10 years, it'll be a madrassa. I'd like to use the term, encroaching.. but, since women don't get a say, is it OK to say, cockroaching? woolywords
  • Score: -8

12:50am Sat 21 Jun 14

b18ftmojo5 says...

Nice story great people at the clifton, good on Carol for doing this in eddys memory.
Nice story great people at the clifton, good on Carol for doing this in eddys memory. b18ftmojo5
  • Score: 13

3:53am Sat 21 Jun 14

Nytech says...

Eddie was a good friend of mine. I am so sorry to hear the news. All the best Eddie. Cheers from Neil and Helen.
Eddie was a good friend of mine. I am so sorry to hear the news. All the best Eddie. Cheers from Neil and Helen. Nytech
  • Score: 9

9:34am Sat 21 Jun 14

Real Ale Up North says...

Lovely story. I will put this on my twitter feed @realaleupnorth . I am sure my followers will love this article. :-)
Lovely story. I will put this on my twitter feed @realaleupnorth . I am sure my followers will love this article. :-) Real Ale Up North
  • Score: 12

1:22pm Sat 21 Jun 14

carole286 says...

We always will remember EDDIE SMITH here in the Clifton arms it was a great day and most of his family attended the launch day great people in the Clifton community .
We always will remember EDDIE SMITH here in the Clifton arms it was a great day and most of his family attended the launch day great people in the Clifton community . carole286
  • Score: 10

3:39pm Sat 21 Jun 14

boynesider says...

what a wonderful gesture,but it appears very fitting.god rest him and good luck to his family.heartwarming
what a wonderful gesture,but it appears very fitting.god rest him and good luck to his family.heartwarming boynesider
  • Score: 6

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