Search on for Alford brewery tray by UK’s biggest collector

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The tray.

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Have you got one of these brewery trays from Alford tucked away in the attic or garage?

If so we know a man who would like to get hold of it!

Richard Percival collects mainly pre-war bewery memorabilia including ceramic coasters, ashtrays, jugs, matchstrikers and bells.

However his biggest passion is collecting British brewery trays which pre-date 1970.

He said: “I have Britain’s, if not the world’s, largest collection of brewery trays totalling around 1,200 some of which date from the 1870’s. I have been collecting for over 30 years, 350 of my best trays are displayed in a converted barn in Leicestershire which is effectively a mini museum.

“The collection has recently appreared on BBC’s Antiques Road Trip.

“For two years I have painstakingly photographed and listed each and every tray on a website. The website name is www.brewerytrays.co.uk

“The part that I have not completed is the manufacturers. Whilst researching this area I was shocked, surprised and excited to find out that a company called B.A.T Co Ltd manufactured a Lincolnshire tray that I have been chasing for 30 years!

“I was starting to convince myself that a tray from Soulby, Sons & Winch from Alford did not exist.

“The brewery actually owned 83 public houses before it’s takeover by J W Green Ltd in 1951, it was closed a year later.

“I would really like to add it to my collection. Can any reader help me?”

Email richard.percival@hotmail.co.uk or call 01664 464883 or 07715 369540.

 

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