Beer dedicated to King’s Lynn busker Juggling Jim raises money for Lavender Hill Mob
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A beer brewed in memory of a much-loved busker has sold out and raised £500 for charity.
Anthony Bowen, better known as Juggling Jim, passed away near his home in King's Lynn on January 23.
Tributes were left on his favourite pitch in the High Street, where he strummed his battered guiter and juggled. Hundreds packed Lynn Minster for his funeral.
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Setchey-based Beers of Europe paired up with local brewery the Norfolk Brewhouse to dedicate a Gold, Ruby and Amber Ale to Mr Bowen, with 100pc of the profits going to charity.
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The Lavender Hill Mob Theatre Company, which welcomes people of all ages and abilities to join and perform, has now been given the £500 raised in his name.
David Holliday, brewer at The Norfolk Brewhouse, said: 'We are delighted that the customer response to the Juggling Jim beer has been so positive.
'Not only is it a fitting way to honour a much-loved local character but a local charity were able to benefit. We did the easy bit in brewing the beer and were just happy to work on the project when asked by the team at Beers of Europe. Two local business working together to help a local charity, I'll raise a glass to that and to Jim.'
Jason Clark, director of Beers of Europe commented, 'We wanted to find a way to remember Anthony and help the community at the same time.
'A charity beer was the most obvious route for us to go down, and thanks to the Norfolk Brewhouse, we are delighted with the outcome.'
The prominent display in the beer shop prompted many a discussion, encouraged by the beers, remembering Mr Bowen's famous attire and discussing tales about his life.
While Mr Bowen was one of the best-known faces in King's Lynn, few new the story behind the slapstick routines and mumbled singing.
Many wore his trademark Santa hat to his funeral, where mourners heard of the difficulties he had overcome in life.
Canon Christopher Ivory said: 'Often we hear that behind a comedian is a broken heart but he still made us smile.'
Mr Bowen lived On Hillington Square before being moved to Maltings House on Nelson Street where he spent the last years of his life before he suffered a heart attack.