Jac the shire horse may be the new boy on the block at Wadworth brewery but he led by example when he got his first taste of the brewery's famous tipple.

The giant horse that has only been at the Devizes brewery for a couple of weeks joined Sam on parade outside the visitor centre on Thursday before they went on their summer holidays.

People turned out in force to welcome Jac and have the chance to pet both horses who deliver beer to pubs throughout the town.

They were led out to met their adoring public by husband and wife stable team Callum and Hannah Whittle and both horses were beautifully behaved as people of all ages got the chance to give them a pat.

Mrs Whittle, who was in charge of Jac, said: "He is settling in very well."

In the past some of the shires have not been so keen on the beer they are offered as part of their send-off but Jac quickly quaffed what he was offered.

He has arrived has taken over duties from Max who has gone into semi-retirement after 13 years with Wadworth.

A Wadworth spokesman said: "In his time at Wadworth Max has been a very honest and hard worker and many will remember him as a single horse making his way around town.

"His popularity over the years with all the locals and people further afield will always be remembered, as well as his opinionated ways by the people who have worked alongside him.

"Showing wise he has won countless rosettes and championships both as a single and a pair, with his main success being overall Trade Turnout champion as a single horse at the National Shire Horse Show!

"He has probably been the best horse Wadworth has ever had (so far) and I’m sure you will all join us in wishing him all the best for the future.

"He has gone off to Gentle Giants in Wales, where he will spend the rest of his years overlooking the beach.

"Max will be replaced by Jac, who has been at Gentle Giants for the past couple of years working as part of their team.

"He is a 7 year old gelding standing at 18.2hh so will hopefully match Sam very well."

The two certainly looked the part both outside the brewery and later at a field in Bulkington, near Trowbridge, where they were taken to enjoy their holiday. Both kicked up their heels as they enjoyed their freedom and frolicked to the delight of about 100 well wishers who also made the journey.