A royal visitor helped family brewer Arkell's celebrate its 175th anniversary year.

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall was at the brewery in Swindon earlier this week to mark the occasion.

Arkell's chairman James Arkell, said: "We were thrilled to welcome The Duchess, who met our family, many of our staff, shareholders and members of the local community. She toured the brewery and helped 'swing the valentine'."



The Wiltshire brewery is believed to be the only one in the country which has a swinging valentine. It controls the flow of wort into the underback.

The Duchess also unveiled a plaque to officially open the brewery's new shop and heritage centre, The Grape and Grain.

Arkell's has produced a new brew, Duchess Ale, in her honour.

The company, which is also has nearly 100 pubs in its estate, was established in 1843 and is one of a dwindling number of family brewers left in the UK.