Raising a toast to a great headteacher...

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Colleagues of former CMAT Executive Principal, Martin Bacon have unveiled an unusual way of remembering the inspirational headteacher, who died last year of a brain tumour.

The team has created a beer named after Martin, which will be used to raise money for charity. Donations made for the brew - MBA (Martin Bacon Ale) will go to the Sue Ryder hospice at Thorpe Hall.


The tribute to Martin, printed on the label of the beer, explains: “Martin Bacon was a truly inspirational teacher and leader, passionate about education and about getting the very best out of every student. He was a great friend and a fireball of boundless energy and enthusiasm. He was also a real ale fan who had many of his most innovative ideas after a couple of pints of the good stuff. So, what better way to pay tribute than with a pint of fabulous local beer? This brew – Martin Bacon Ale (MBA) - is made especially for you, Martin. It has been designed by some of your closest friends. So, we raise our glasses to you and to your tremendous legacy. Cheers, mate.”

Martin’s friend and current CMAT Executive Principal Mark Woods said: “Martin was much more than a work colleague, he was a great and true friend to me and to many of us here. He was a big fan of real ale and we couldn’t think of a more fitting way to raise money in his name than by creating a beer especially for him.”


MBA (Martin Bacon Ale) was brewed by the Star Brewing Company, based in Market Deeping. The beer’s label artwork was produced by local graphic designer Sara Melloy. All profits will go to the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice.


The beer will be available through events at the schools touched by Martin’s legacy and through the Star Brewing Company in Market Deeping. 


To order MBA, please contact Tom Marriott or Simon Raines at the Star Brewing Company on 01778 380480.

Or via Clive Paskell at CMAT by email

The beer comes in boxes of 12, and costs £30 with almost £10 per box going to the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice.