The oldest gay bar in Nottingham to be honored with the city’s first pink plaque celebrating LGBT + heritage

Nottingham first pink plaque, celebrating LGBTQ + heritage of the city, must be unveiled today. It was placed in the New Foresters building because it was considered a safe space for the community before the decriminalization of homosexuality.


During LGBT History Month this year, a competition was organized by the Nottingham City Council LGBT Employee Network, to recognize a place playing an important historic role in the city’s LGBT + community.

The winner would be selected to display Nottingham’s very first pink plaque.

Known as the city’s oldest gay bar, The New Foresters was chosen for honor as one of the city’s most significant LGBT + venues. Before the decriminalization of homosexuality, the bar served as a secure space.

Pub owner Debbie Law has been visiting the venue for almost 40 years. It has been 20 years to the day that she took over, and says she is honored that on her birthday, the plaque is unveiled.

The plaque unveiling will take place this afternoon during this year’s National Heritage Open Days.

It will celebrate the New Foresters and their place in Nottingham’s LGBT + history. Representatives of the Nottingham City Council LGBT Employee Network, the Nottingham Civic Society and New Foresters staff will attend.

Hilary Silvester, President of the Nottingham Civic Society, said: “The Nottingham Civic Society is delighted to participate in the installation of this plaque which recognizes the contribution of the LGBT community to city life.


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