St Austell Brewery has paid tribute to its former managing director and chairman, Piers Thompson Senior, who passed away on Saturday. 

Piers Thompson joined the company in 1960, taking responsibility for the pub estate and free trade sales.

He became a director in 1967, and his commitment to St Austell Brewery’s growth and success led him to become managing director from 1979 to 2000, before assuming the role of chairman until 2007, when he was appointed president.

Will Michelmore, current chairman of St Austell Brewery said: “Piers Thompson was an integral part of St Austell Brewery for many years. His legacy, and impact on our business, has been immeasurable.

“In acknowledgment of his lifetime of service and dedication, Piers was appointed president in 2007 - a title that befits his significant contributions to our company over the years and achieved with kindness and a sense of fun.

"His legacy will forever be remembered, and he will always hold a special place in our hearts.”