COOPERS at a family-owned brewery are keeping with the festive tradition by producing mini casks in time for Christmas.

T&R Theakston Ltd’s brewery, based in Masham, are filling 'pins' with world-renowned Theakston’s Old Peculiar ale to be sold over the festive period.

Craft cooper Jonathan Manby and his apprentice Euan Findlay have spent the last few weeks making traditional wooden pins.

Each pin holds 36 pints, and are made by hand using seasoned oak, iron hoops and flames.

Simon Theakston, T&R Theakston Ltd executive director, said: “For many real ale lovers our Christmas pins are a festive tradition as important as roast turkey, Christmas pudding and mince pies."