New beer celebrates anti-slavery

PUBLISHED: 15:59 08 June 2007 | UPDATED: 22:51 28 May 2010

New beer celebrates anti-slavery

New beer celebrates anti-slavery

MEMORABILIA from a prized Wisbech collection reflecting the life and times of anti-slavery campaigner Thomas Clarkson has gone on display in London. The items, from Wisbech and Fenland Museum, are taking centre stage in an exhibition at Westminster Hall w

MEMORABILIA from a prized Wisbech collection reflecting the life and times of anti-slavery campaigner Thomas Clarkson has gone on display in London.

The items, from Wisbech and Fenland Museum, are taking centre stage in an exhibition at Westminster Hall which remains open until September.

Malcolm Moss, MP for North-East Cambridgeshire, attended the opening ceremony and hosted a visit from representatives of both Elgoods Brewery and Wisbech Society.

The brewery has won permission for its specially brewed Brookes Ale to go on sale - both as a guest beer in the Strangers' bar of the House of Commons and in bottled form - after a plea from Mr Moss. Brookes was the name of a famous British slave ship of which Clarkson made a model to highlight his campaign.

"The Wisbech end is probably the best part of the exhibition," said Mr Moss. "The exhibits have come from the museum and they are an important part of the London exhibition."

The opening of the exhibition, marking the bi centenary of the abolition of the slave trade, was attended by the Speaker of the House of Commons and many other luminaries from both Houses.

n Our picture shows, from left, David Sutton, Paul Marshall (sales manager Elgood's), Malcolm Moss MP, Belinda Sutton (managing director Elgood's), Alan Pateman (production director Elgood's), David Haylett (area sales manager Elgood's).


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