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Raising a toast to Grace
Article date: 08 Nov 2012

Customers at The Wouldhave, in South Shields can raise a toast to the sea rescue heroine Grace Darling.

Local playwright Ed Waugh has joined forces with Jarrow Brewery to commemorate his new stage play, about the first Victorian female heroine, with a specially produced ale named Amazing Grac (4.6%ABV).

Grace Darling, with her lighthouse keeper father, heroically rescued nine people stranded on the rocks after their ship was sunk in a storm off the Farne Islands in Northumberland. Her brave action in 1838 was a catalyst for the RNLI as we know today.

Tyneside-based Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood, have penned the play ‘Amazing Grace’, as a tribute to Grace and to celebrate the north east’s close links with life-saving at sea.

Ed Waugh, from South Shields and a Wouldhave regular, said: “As real ale drinkers and huge fans of the Jarrow Brewery’s products, as well as Wetherspoon regulars, this is a fantastic combination.”

The three-week north east tour of ‘Amazing Grace’ will begin with a world premiere at Alnwick Playhouse on October 17. Tickets for Amazing Grace are on sale from the venues. For further information visit

Pictured (left to right): Ed Waugh, Shaun Dunn from Jarrow Brewery and Darren Simpson, pub manager at The Wouldhave.

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