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The Pope is partial to a Kentish tipple!

The Pope is a fan of Spitfire Ale, according to celebrity priest Father Michael Seed.

The revelation appears in a national newspaper column, which says the British cleric regularly sends English beer mats to the Vatican as Easter or Christmas gifts.

Spitfire ale. Picture: Mike Gunnill
Spitfire ale. Picture: Mike Gunnill

Fr Michael goes on to say Pope Benedict XVI has a “fondness” for Spitfire, the Kentish ale brewed at Faversham by Britain’s oldest brewer, Shepherd Neame.

A spokesman said: "It's an unexpected choice for a Pope born in Germany, as Spitfire advertising is famous for its tongue-in-cheek, Dad’s Army-style wartime humour, with slogans such as “No Fokker Comes Close” and “Goering, Goering, Gone”."

Spitfire brand manager Charlie Holland said: “The Pope is not the first German to down a Spitfire but certainly the most famous. We are delighted that His Holiness enjoys the unique taste of Spitfire.”

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