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Revival mission for town's lager

Martyn Jones MP with Wrexham Lager
Mr Jones said he would "happily bestow" the name to a worthy beer

A call for a lager - first made in 1882 and named after a town - to be re-brewed 10 years after the last barrel was drunk, has been made.

When Carlsberg Tetley closed in 2000, they sold off the Wrexham Lager trademark to Martyn Jones, MP for Clwyd South, for 1.

Mr Jones, a former microbiologist for the brewery, now wants someone to put Wrexham lager "back on the shelves".

He plans to pass on the name to anyone who could make "a worthy local beer".

The Wrexham Lager Beer Company brewery was established in 1882 and was the first lager brewery to be built in the UK.

At its height, about 100,000 barrels were produced every year, but by the year 2000, the figure had dwindled to about 10,000.

Mr Jones bought the famous name when Carlsberg Tetley announced the brewery's closure, in the hope it would one day be revived.

He said: "We have many talented brewers in Wrexham and I would happily bestow the name Wrexham Lager to a worthy local beer.

"It is time for the Wrexham Lager name to be brought back to our shelves and our supermarkets.

"Wrexham Lager used to be one of the cornerstones of life in Wrexham and it was a source of income to many including myself for many years.

"I invite anyone interested to contact my office and to produce a real cast ale that we could call Wrexham Lager."

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