The Diary: Going (Blue) Loopy for a pint of ale

Hellen Hornby at the The Carlton Pub in Attercliffe where a new beer has been named - Blue Loop River
Hellen Hornby at the The Carlton Pub in Attercliffe where a new beer has been named - Blue Loop River
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IT’S a thirsty job, is working on the waterways.

But now volunteers who help to keep the River Don and Tinsley Canal clean and green have just the quencher - a new ale named in their honour.

Blue Loop has been crafted by Wentworth Brewery to recognise the efforts of the dozens of Sheffielders who do the work unpaid.

The 4.3 per cent beer takes the moniker from the name of the inititive, The Blue Loop Community Project.

“You need something refreshing after a morning doing this work,” says Hellen Hornby, who manages the project through The River Stewardship Company, based in West Street. “We often visit The Carlton, in Attercliffe, for a drink after so this is a lovely touch.

“I’m more of a cider girl myself but I’ll be making an exception.”

The Blue Loop project has been running since 2010 and claims to have worked with 7,000 individuals. They look after the banks, plants and paths of the eight mile ‘loop’ of water created by the river and canal which meet firstly in the city centre and then at Meadowhall

“We’ve had some diverse volunteers in our time,” says Hellen. “Everyone from refugees and retirees, to job seekers and students, but almost all of them agree they’re ready for a drink by the end of a shift.”