Vegan Society founder to be honoured with blue plaque at former school

The founder of The Vegan Society Donald Watson has been honoured with a blue plaque outside his former primary school.

Watson founded The Vegan Society in 1944–75 years ago this month—and died in 2015.

The Mexborough and District Heritage Society has made a decision to give Watson a plaque at his old school New Pastures Primary School.

His nephew Dr Tim Cook will unveil it this weekend.

Samantha Calvert, spokeswoman for The Vegan Society, said:

“We are delighted that the Mexborough and District Heritage Society is paying tribute to one of the sons of Mexborough who has done so much to make the world a more compassionate place.
“This will be the first time that we are aware of that any of our founders has been honoured in this way.
“Donald Watson played a significant role in founding the modern vegan movement that is now this amazing worldwide movement.
“Veganism has never been more popular than it is today and all vegans owe a huge debt of gratitude to Donald Watson and the pioneering early members.”

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