Cheers - a Royal wedding was approaching and it was time to celebrate.

Morland’s brewery in Abingdon had launched a special limited edition to mark what promised to be the wedding of the year - the marriage of the then Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.

Bottling supervisor John Highsmith, left, and brewer Bill Mellor are seen sampling the new brew in 1981.

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It was one of two special brews in Oxfordshire to toast the royal couple – Morrells brewery in Oxford had introduced its own.

Morland’s special brew, a quality pale ale called simply Royal Wedding, came in small bottles bearing a royal purple label with silver lettering and scroll.

It went on sale at Morland pubs at about 45p.

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