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Farewell Frank Naish, Britain's - oldest cider-maker

By Centralsomgaz  |  Posted: November 29, 2013

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Britain's oldest cider-maker, Frank Naish, died early today aged 89.

He had been making cider at Piltown Farm, West Pennard, near Glastonbury, Somerset, for 82 years.

Mr Naish, and his late brother, Harold, learned the art from their father, William, and owned what is thought to be the oldest cider press in the UK, dating from 1840.

Naish cider has won awards for nearly a century, and Mr Naish, a shrewd, but gentle man, was respected, and loved by fellow cider-makers for his generosity in passing on his knowledge, and for his integrity.

The Naish orchards featured many old varieties, and will continue to be a reserve for rare varieties.

Mr Naish and his brother, who died in 2005, aged 84, lived simply, working the land they loved without the use of chemicals.

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