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Mayor toasts Boston's Indian Queen

Boston's connection with Pocahontas, the Indian Queen, was marked on Saturday when Mayor, Cllr Paul Kenny, toasted the association with a pint of exclusive Indian Queen Ale in the town's Indian Queen pub.

The first barrel of the new real ale, made by pub owners Batemans, arrived with a posse of Indian squaws led by Pocahontas.

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Indian Queen Ale arrives at Boston's Indian Queen and Three Kings - delivered by Victorian drayman for the day Paul Withrington, Indian Queen Pocahontas, Beth Warsop, and her squaws, Glyn Ruskin, Paula Naylor and Lucy Taylor. Also pictured, pub landlord and landlady Aaron Queen and Charlotte Syer in traditional Victorian dress

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the marriage, conversion to Christianity and the acceptance into polite English society of Pocahontas, the Indian Queen, who was wined and dined by royalty.

To celebrate this, and the refurbishment of Boston's oldest pub, the Indian Queen and Three Kings, Batemans brewed a special Indian Queen Ale with a special mix of English and American ingredients to mark the marriage of the native American Indian Pocahontas to Englishman John Rolfe - the very first mixed-race marriage in American history.

The pub has been refurbished in a traditional Victorian ale house style and Batemans' Paul Withrington dressed as a Victorian drayman to deliver the first pints of Indian Queen Ale.

With him was Pocahontas the Indian Queen ( Boston performing arts student Beth Warsop), and Pocahontan squaws Glyn Ruskin, Paula Naylor and Lucy Taylor, from Boston Playgoers.

They braved rain to make a circuit of the town centre with the barrel of beer before seeking the real-fire warmth of the Indian Queen and Three Kings.

Cllr Kenny was ready with his coupon from the Boston Standard entitling him to a pint of the new beer for just 2p - Victorian prices.

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Cheers - a bargain pint for just 2p - Mayor Cllr Paul Kenny hands over his coupon, and his 2p, to landlord Aaron Queen and Batemans area manager Dale Huntington to claim the first pint. His verdict? "Wonderful"

Cllr Kenny said it was good news to see the excellent restoration of a traditional English pub interior, setting a new standard of authentic traditional pub architecture. He commented that the Market Place, being at the very centre of the town centre, deserved to have such excellent upgrades and that provided by Batemans set the standard.

He said: "Boston needs welcoming destinations of this type and from a heritage and economic development perspective this seems like a job well done."

The world's most famous Indian Queen  may have sailed across The Wash to visit Boston from her English husband's family home in Heacham.

Pocahontas saved English explorer John Smith, from Willoughby, from death when she bravely put herself between Smith and her brother, who was about to execute him.

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Any more for any more? Ready at the Indian Queen Ale pump in the Indian Queen and Three Kings pub, from left: Lucy Taylor, Glyn Ruskin, Paula Naylor (all from Boston Playgoers), Beth Warsop (Pocahontas), landlord and landlady Aaron Queen and Charlotte Syer and Mayor Cllr Paul Kenny