RN Website: "World's Oldest Christmas Pud On Display In Naval Museum"


War Hero
"Want to see (if not taste) the oldest Christmas pud in the world – 120 years old this festive season?

It can be seen at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth, the last survivor of a batch of 1,000 desserts shipped to sailors and Royal Marines fighting the Boers in South Africa at the turn of the 20th Century.

The puddings were commissioned by Dame Aggie Weston – campaigner, philanthropist and long-time friend and supporter of the Royal Navy.

She famously set up ‘rest homes’ for sailors to stay in when in port – and avoid the temptations of drink and sex – and campaigned tirelessly against the evils of alcohol such that one in six matelots apparently abstained from beer and even the daily rum ration."