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TWO music legends have teamed up with a Herefordshire cider maker to produce a drink guaranteed to be rockin' all over the county.

The Celtic Marches company from Bishops Frome, near Bromyard, have crafted Down Down in celebration of British rock giants Status Quo.

The tipple, named after Quo's only UK Number One hit, has even been selected by pub chain Wetherspoon's for its National Cider Festival in July.

The band has also teamed up with Shropshire's Hobsons Brewery to produce the Dog of Two Head ale.

Both drinks will be bottled and made available through the Spar chain from May 18.

Quo frontmen Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt have raised a glass to the new drinks.

Francis Rossi said, "We know what we like, and we know what our fans like," said Rossi.

"And I think we can all agree that we like these."

Parfitt added: "It's no secret that over the years the band has enjoyed a drink or three. Finally, we're actually seeing a return on those wasted hours by creating something useful. We love it."

The band has been involved in the brewing process and cider making from the off, visiting the facilities, working with each of the relevant teams in choosing the individual elements that give each product their unique taste.

They even spent a day with Celtic Marches harvesting apples for the cider.

Down Down is a golden, medium cider made with fresh-pressed cider apples grown on the Celtic Marches family farm.

The cider will be available in three formats; carbonated in 500ml bottles and 30 Litre kegs, and Still in 20 Litre boxes.

The ale, meanwhile, is a chestnut amber traditional ale with a citrus twist, delivered by the British hops.

It is described as a subtle ale deftly uniting and balancing the influences of malt, hops and natural bitterness.

The cider can be ordered at celticmarches.com/detail/status-quo-down-down-4-6-herefordshire-cider

Status Quo have already launched the Piledriver beer brand which went on to sell over a million-and-a-half pints in the UK.

The band formed in the 1960s, releasing their first single, Pictures of Matchstick Men, in 1967. They have since registered more than 60 UK chart hits including Rockin' All Over The World and Whatever You Want.

They also opened the original Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium in July 1985.