Video: John Shuttleworth and the Everly Pregnant Brothers launch Sheffield tree campaign beer

Sheffield's comedy finest helped launch a beer brewed to raise funds for the city's tree campaign.

Friday, 3rd November 2017, 8:32 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 12:24 pm
John Shuttleworth and Dave Dillner launch Yellow Ribbon ale at The Harlequin pub. Photo: Dave Dillner/YouTube

John Shuttleworth and the Everley Pregnant Brothers were special guests at The Harlequin pub on Wednesday night as the first pint of Yellow Ribbon ale was pulled.

Exit 33 Brewing, based off City Road, is producing the beer, and 10p from every pint will go towards the campaigners' legal fund.

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He was wished 'good luck' by Shuttleworth - a character played by Graham Fellows, who rose to fame as Jilted John in the late seventies - after the 'versatile singer/songwriter' played a new version of his 'Save The Whale' song, called 'Save The Trees'.

“It was a fantastic honour to pull the first pint of this wonderful new beer brewed to help save Sheffield’s trees," he said.

"Shame I couldn’t have any myself as I was driving home in my Austin Ambassador Y Reg!"

John Shuttleworth and Dave Dillner launch Yellow Ribbon ale at The Harlequin pub. Photo: Dave Dillner/YouTube

And speaking out of character, Graham added: "I grew up in Broomhill and in the sixties there were a lot more trees around. They informed my childhood, and remained part of my spiritual landscape even when I’d moved away.

"Mature trees are massively important on every level - economic, environmental and spiritual.

"I urge the council to stop their insane policy of felling healthy trees before Sheffield’s landscape is changed irrevocably."

The Everly Pregnant Brothers, who specialise in Sheffield versions of classic songs, were also there to perform 'Don't Cut 'Em Down' - a take on ELO's 'Don't Bring Me Down'.

The Everly Pregnant Brothers perform at The Harlequin. Photo: Louise Wilcockson/YouTube

'Save The Trees' - John Shuttleworth

Save the trees

The rustling of their leaves

Stop the chainsaw

John Shuttleworth hands the first pint of Yellow Ribbon ale to Calvin Payne at The Harlequin pub. Photo: Dave Dillner/YouTube

Don’t you think we oughta

Save the trees

We don’t have fell the trees

To have a lovely town

There are lots of other ways to reduce their stately crown

Wait until the autumn when the leaves come tumbling down

John Shuttleworth and Dave Dillner launch Yellow Ribbon ale at The Harlequin pub. Photo: Dave Dillner/YouTube

In a lovely shade of brown

A lovely shade of brown

Save the trees

The rustling of their leaves

Stop the chainsaw

Don’t you think we oughta

Save the trees

We don’t have fell the trees

To have a lovely town

We can trim the branches

We don’t have to chop them down

The council’s bark is bigger than their bite as we have found

The trees are still around

Standing tall and proud

Save the trees

The rustling of their leaves

Stop the chainsaw

Don’t you think we oughta

Save the trees

(Everybody!)

Save the trees

The rustling of their leaves

Stop the chainsaw

Don’t you think we oughta

Save the trees

The Everly Pregnant Brothers perform at The Harlequin. Photo: Louise Wilcockson/YouTube
John Shuttleworth hands the first pint of Yellow Ribbon ale to Calvin Payne at The Harlequin pub. Photo: Dave Dillner/YouTube