A BREWERY has launched a beer to commemorate one of the Leigh little ships which sailed to Dunkirk in a bid to rescue soldiers during the Second World War.

The beer is brewed with fresh Osborne cockles and is named after the famous Osborne family cockle boat the Renown.

The boat was one of six from Leigh which went over to Dunkirk but sadly did not return after it hit a mine and killed the four fisherman aboard, including Osborne ancestors Leslie and Frank. The beer has been launched by the Leigh Brewery and Osbornes who continue to honour their ancestors by ensuring the name Renown lives on. It is available at the Mayflower pub in Old Leigh.