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Sloe Gin World Championships

Sloe Gin World Championships


This year's Sloe Gin World Championships will be held at The George Inn in Frant, near Tunbridge Wells.

This, the 9th Championship, will be tinged with a sadness following the death of founding Sloe Gin World Championship organising committee member, ‘Merlot’ Mike Matthews.

Mike’s body was at his home in Tunbridge Wells on 24th September. sitting in an arm chair “looking peaceful”, with – an empty glass and a partially drunk bottle of his favourite wine, from which his nickname ‘Merlot Mike, was derived, at his elbow. He had made his final batch of sloe gin just a few days before.

Friend and former Sloe Gin World Champion, Dave Bennet said in tribute: “Merlot Mike was a lovely man, whom I never once heard complain about the Multiple Sclerosis which disabled him.”

The proceeds of the Sloe Gin World Championships are donated to the MS Society which supports people with Multiple Sclerosis.

Postal entries have already arrived at the pub from as far afield as Vancouver in Canada.

Entry costs are £5 for personal and £45 for commercial entries. Remaining samples are sold for charity.

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