Cumbria

Beer brewed to honour outdoor instructor

Mr Kinnie
Image caption Mr Kinnie was a keen guitar player

A beer is being brewed in memory of an outdoor instructor from Darlington, who died after his canoe capsized in Cumbria.

Grant Kinnie, 25, was leading a group of students in September 2011 when the boat capsized on a river near Penrith.

The beer name, Moroccan Sunset, was chosen because it was how Mr Kinnie referred to his ginger hair.

The ale will be made by the Tirril Brewery in Appleby and sold initially in a local hotel.

The idea for the new beer came from his girlfriend, Elizabeth Ali.

She recalled a previous conversation where he suggested that he should feature on a beer pump with "his golden hair".

"He wanted to be known, not as ginger but Moroccan Sunset," she said.

"I am just trying to be proactive in that sense and carry his memory forward, which would be easy to do anyway. I mean he was loved by so many people."

Some of the money raised from each pint will be donated to Patterdale Fire and Rescue and Patterdale Mountain Rescue.

It is hoped that the beer will be ready ahead of a service in memory of Mr Kinnie at Darlington football stadium.

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