Many inns and pubs in England bear the name Alma and it refers to a British victory during the Crimean War. ( And this reflects upon the age of the pub.)

The battle of the Alma ( actually the name of a river ) was a preliminary engagement during the Crimea War, leading to the seige of Sebastapol, in 1854.

This particular picture portrays Sergeant O'Conner, of the Welsh Fusiliers carrying the colours into the final redoubt.

 

The large sign is hand-brushed enamel paint on to sheet aluminium and measures 10ft. across. ( the actual image is 8ft. wide ). A further double-sided fixed sign was also created.