The Eric Watson Memorial Award – November 1st, 2019

This award is in honour of Eric Watson, who hailed from way ‘up north’ in God’s own country, even further north than Watford Gap and Lancashire. He died a very young man, leaving behind a lovely wife and a very young son. He was also known as the ‘Belgian Beer Man’ and would have a stand at local beer festivals selling his Belgian Beers, which he found on his frequent visits to Belgium. Once a year near to Christmas, members would gather and Eric and Ros would hold a beer tasting evening, trying about a dozen beer and cheeses they had brought back from their trips. You could then order your beers in time for Christmas.

The latest recipients of the award reside and run the Plume of Feathers in Ickleford and will have done so for 25 years in January. Theresa and Chris are the two landladies who during that time have kept and served quality beer to locals and visitors alike. In fact, they have been in ‘pubs’ all their lives and even ran the Black Bull in Walsingham, Norfolk for a while, looking after the ‘pilgrims’ who trekked there through the years.

Members and locals gathered together and helped celebrate the award with Thresa and Chris. The award, a certificate and an engraved glass for each of them.

Brian Mason.

Pictured left to right are Theresa Thompson, Landlady, Paul Coard CAMRA North Herts Chair and Christabel Napper, Landlady.

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