war hero Ben Parkinson has been honoured with a new Olympic beer - made and named as a tribute to him.
South Yorkshire paratrooper Ben - the most injured British soldier to survive the Afghanistan war - touched the heart of the nation when he walked 300 metres through Doncaster town centre carrying the Olympic flame.
The 27-year-old, of Bessecarr, Doncaster, lost both his legs and broke his back, hips and ribs when his Land Rover hit a mine in 2006.
And now punters in Doncaster are honouring his amazing achievement by linking him once more with the London Games.
Ben’s charity Pilgrim Bandits will benefit as customers raise a glass by drinking a pint of Parkinson’s Gold Medal.
The limited-edition beer costs £2.70, with 10p from each pint going to the charity. It has been brewed by Imperial Breweries to celebrate the Olympics.
Unfortunately Ben’s injuries mean he can’t sup any of his namesake pint but his proud mum Diane said: “He’s delighted. It’s every para’s dream to have a beer named after them.”
Marc Jones, 37, landlord at Cask Corner in Doncaster, said: “I got a call from the brewery asking me if I would be interested in selling this beer in honour of Ben.
“I said yes straight away. I’d do anything to support Ben’s charity.
“Ben’s an asset to Doncaster, what he’s done is a massive achievement. He’s not given up, he’s a fighter and we all have massive respect for him.
“He’s Doncaster born and bred and an inspiration to everyone in the town, so I know this will be a popular pint. I put something about the pint on my Facebook page and it’s had lots of ‘likes’ - now I’m not that popular so it must be down to Ben.”
The 4.2 per cent pale ale, described by Marc as a ‘pleasant, popular style of beer’, went on sale on Monday.
Diane said: “The brewery invited Ben and some of the Pilgrims along to see the beer being made.
“It was really exciting - Ben’s thrilled. He can’t drink because of his head injuries, but I’m sure the rest of the team will enjoy a pint for him.”