The world’s most famous Indian Queen Pocahontas, who may have sailed across The Wash to visit Boston, is to be celebrated with an event at the town pub bearing her title.
This year marks the 400th anniversary of the marriage of Pocahontas to John Rolfe and her acceptance into English society.
Boston’s oldest pub, the Indian Queen (recently renamed the Indian Queen and Three Kings) will mark the anniversary with a special brew – Indian Queen Ale.
The pub, in Dolphin Lane, has been refurbished with a Victorian theme by owners Batemans Brewery of Wainfleet, and Indian Queen Ale will be available with at Victorian price of just 2p a pint.
But this special offer is only available with a cut-out coupon from The Standard. Keep an eye out for the promotion over the next couple of weeks.
The first barrel of ale will arrive in town on Saturday, October 12, during festivities in the town centre as part of the Transported arts project’s Night of Festivals event. It will be escorted by the Indian Queen and a peace party of ‘braves and squaws from the Powhatan tribe’ – actually actors from local amateur dramatics group Boston Playgoers.
The beer will be a traditional amber-coloured English ale blended with American hops and an ABV of four per cent. The hop varieties used will be English Goldings and American Chinook, named after a native American tribe.
The new tenants of the Indian Queen and Three Kings are Bob and Sharon whose surname, coincidentally, is Queen.
Pocahontas saved English explorer John Smith, of Willoughby, from death when she bravely put herself between Smith and her brother, who was about to execute him.
She was taken prisoner by English settlers in Jamestown, Virginia, and held for ransom, demanding release of English prisoners held by her father. During her time in captivity she converted to Christianity, changed her name to Rebecca, and met and married John Rolfe, from Heacham, Norfolk.
Her connection with the Boston pub is uncertain but historian, academic and author Esmerelda Weatherwax said: “Pocahontas and her party had a very good reason to visit Heacham and it is my personal belief that they did so. Boston is a prominent town in the history of the colonisation of the east coast of America. Boston Stump being visible from Heacham makes a trip across The Wash highly likely.”
n For details on the free ArtReach Night of Festivals Touring event visit www.nightoffestivals.com.