Sweetheart Stout

1958 - 2008

HERE WE HAVE THE CAN THAT MANY BELIEVE TO BE THE INSPIRATION FOR THE "LAGER LOVELIES".

IT IS NOW A TOTAL OF 50 YEARS THAT THE SAME PICTURE OF VENETIA STEVENSON HAS APPEARED ON THE CANS OF SWEETHEART STOUT. THE BEER IS MUCH OLDER AND BOTTLE LABELS HAD A CARTOON LIKE PICTURE OF A GIRL - IT WAS ONLY IN 1958 WHEN THE GEORGE YOUNGER BREWERY AT ALLOA STARTED TO CAN THE BEER, THAT IT USED THE IMAGE OF VENETIA THAT WE ALL KNOW.

THE GEORGE YOUNGER BREWERY WAS ACQUIRED BY NORTHERN BREWERIES OF GREAT BRITAIN LTD IN APRIL 1960 AND BECAME PART OF THE COMBINED SCOTTISH INTERESTS OF THAT COMPANY, CALEDONIAN BREWERIES LTD., LATER UNITED CALEDONIAN BREWERIES LTD., WHICH MERGED WITH J & R TENNENT LTD., GLASGOW, IN 1966 TO FORM THE TENNENT CALEDONIAN BREWERIES LTD. THAT WE STILL KNOW TODAY.

MY PERSONAL OPINION IS THAT THE ORIGINAL IMAGE IS FAR SUPERIOR TO THE ONE BEING USED NOW - HOW ABOUT A RETURN TO THE ORIGINAL PICTURE TO MARK THE 50th ANNIVERSARY TENNENT'S ! 

A FEW FACTS ABOUT VENETIA STEVENSON

SHE WAS BORN IN ENGLAND ON 10TH MARCH 1938 MAKING HER 70 THIS YEAR. SHE SOON MOVED TO AMERICA WHERE SHE BECAME A MODEL AND ACTRESS. SHE MARRIED ACTOR RUSS TAMBLYN IN 1956 AT THE AGE OF 17, THEY DIVORCED IN 1957 AND SHE THEN MARRIED DON EVERLY OF THE EVERLY BROTHERS IN 1962 AND DIVORCED IN 1970 - SHE HAS NOT REMARRIED SINCE.  HER DAUGHTER ERIN WAS MARRIED TO AXL ROSE OF GUN N' ROSES FAME.

Click HERE to see more at her Wikipedia page

A CONTEMPORARY 1958 PICTURE OF VENETIA FROM AN AMERICAN MAGAZINE.

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