Judith says ‘I do’ to a pint then new hubby

Judith Howson visits pub on wedding day with (centre) Alex Black and her sister Jayne who gave her away
Judith Howson visits pub on wedding day with (centre) Alex Black and her sister Jayne who gave her away

Blushing bride Judith Howson snubbed champagne on her wedding day – instead choosing to sup from a pint glass.

She turned her nose up at fizz and settled on real ale for the drink to steady her nerves before she married fiancé Scott Brown.

The accountant even popped into her local, The Wheatsheaf Inn, Falkirk, before the ceremony.

Mine host Alex Black was delighted to welcome Judith and her sister Jayne Howson to the pub, even allowing the bride-to-be behind the bar to pull her own pint of Cairngorm Howler.

Judith (39) is a member of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) and, as well as encouraging others to try the amber liquids, she is a volunteer at Alloa and Larbert Beer Festivals.

She said: “I got a taste for real ale when I was at university in Hull. After moving to Falkirk I attended the first Larbert Beer Festival and from there got involved in CAMRA. In fact, I think I was one of the first females involved in the local committee.

“There are some really good real ale pubs locally, particularly The Wheatsheaf, which, living in Cochrane Street, is my local.

“When I decided to forego the traditional glass of fizz prior to the wedding, popping in there was the obvious choice.”

Judith, along with Jayne, who was giving her away, arrived shortly after noon in all their wedding finery where they were greeted by staff, plus a few surprised drinkers,

Alex said: “It’s usually grooms we have coming in for a drink to steady their nerves but certainly more women are choosing to drink cask ale. It was lovely to see Judith looking so happy on her big day.”

After the quick pint, it was off to Airth Castle Hotel where IT consultant Scott (37) and around 150 guests were waiting for them.

There was even a cask of Blathan ale, donated by Tryst Brewery, for everyone to enjoy during the reception.