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Poet laureate Simon Armitage signs his butt of Sherry in Jerez

In a tradition dating back to the 17th century, Yorkshire-born Simon Armitage was given a butt of Sherry to celebrate his appointment as poet laureate this week.

Armitage is the 21st poet laureate in the UK. Traditionally, the poet laureate was rewarded with a small stipend and a butt of Sherry (known as a ‘sack’) by the monarch of the day.

Armitage travelled to Jerez to choose and sign his Sherry barrel, bequeathed to him by the Consejo Regulador de los Vinos de Jerez y Manzanilla (CRDO).

“I’m honoured to accept the kind offer of the Sherry in keeping with the long tradition of the office of the poet laureate,” he said.

“Like laureates before me, I hope to put the bottles to good use as gifts or to raise money in the name of poetry, but look forward to enjoying the odd tipple myself.”

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