First birthday for a fighting spirit

A CRAFT distiller is flying high as it prepares to celebrate the first anniversary of its flagship product.

• Spitfire Heritage Gin will celebrate its first birthday on Armed Forces Day (June 24).

This Saturday (June 24) will mark the first birthday of Spitfire Heritage Gin, a product launched to commemorate Britain’s famous Second World War fighter plane and support charity organisation the Spitfire Heritage Trust.

One of the trust’s main concerns is providing funds and support to the African country of Lesotho; the nation played a key role in the Battle of Britain when, in 1940, it raised enough money to provide the RAF with a squadron of 24 Spitfires.

To mark the milestone Spitfire Heritage Distillers – a distiller set up by the trust – will be hosting a ‘rolling toast’ on June 24 (Armed Forces Day) which will begin in Liverpool venue The Panoramic, continue in Marco Pierre White’s restaurant in Birmingham and culminate atop the London Eye. The events will be attended by various dignitaries and guests as well as the media.

Spitfire Heritage Trust founder, Ian Hewitt, said: “I’ve always believed that when paying tribute to the Spitfire one has to maintain respect.

“This is more than a ‘brand’ and with it comes a responsibility to aim high.”