Letter to the Sunday Herald, 9 July 2017:
Peter Swindon’s report (Bloodshed, drunkenness and triumphalism: the Orange Order on the streets of Scotland, Eyewitness, July 2) on the Orange Order parades that took place over last weekend contains a statement to the effect that some march supporters were drinking Buckfast straight from the bottle as the parades marched past.
Buckfast is made by Catholic Benedictine monks in Devon as a registered charity whose charitable purpose is the advancement of the Catholic faith.
While I find the monks’ brew something of an acquired taste, am I alone in seeing a delicious irony in this?
National Secular Society
• Buckfast Tonic Wine is made by the Roman Catholic Community of Benedictine monks at Buckfast Abbey in Devon, and distributed by J. Chandler & Co (Buckfast) Ltd of Andover. Mention of the wine was removed from the Abbey’s website at some point after July 2011.