(l-r) Richard and Christine Watts, Castle Rock’s Lewis Townsend and the Vat’s Louise Carlin, and Judith and Temoor Iqbal
Two generations of the family of Helen Watts, the Nottingham-based suffragette, have supped her Nottingham Celebration Ale in an emotional get-together at the brewery tap, the Vat and Fiddle.
The family led by great nephew Richard, his wife Christine and great great niece Judith and her husband Temoor enjoyed the taste and the experience. Above all they expressed their delighted that their relative has been remembered across the East Midlands in this way.
“As you can imagine, we’re all very proud of what Helen Watts did for the cause of universal suffrage and the rights of women,” says Richard Watts. “And to have a beer made in her memory is just wonderful.
“It’s interesting too that Helen’s extended family is steeped in the brewing tradition; Helen’s nephew Gerry was a brewer at Higsons in Liverpool and Helen’s great great nephew, Joe, brews at Wiper and True in Bristol. I can’t wait for other family members to taste this ale,” says Richard.
‘Helen Watts’, the ale, is 4.3 per cent juniper flavoured mild.