Trib­ute paid to town’s ar­ray of ‘su­per women’

Macclesfield Express - - GARRY THE HAT WHAT’S ON - ALEX HIB­BERT

AGROUP of women came to­gether to cel­e­brate in­spir­ing Max­o­nian fe­male achieve­ments.

Coun Alift Hare­woodJones, Rhona Mar­shall MBE, Eileen Tal­bot and Diane Turner all or­gan­ised the Mac­cles­field Pi­o­neer­ing Women event, which cel­e­brated the past and cur­rent achieve­ments of the town’s ladies.

Dur­ing the day a host of spe­cial guests all paid a visit to the event to talk about ei­ther their own or other peo­ple’s ac­com­plish­ments at King’s School. Rhona Mar­shall, of Rugby Drive, Tyther­ing­ton, said: “Be­cause Mac­cles­field was a suc­cess­ful mill town, with jobs for women as well as men, it has al­ways had a tra­di­tion of strong women’s in­volve­ment in the town’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

“To­day Mac­cles­field still owes a great deal of the suc­cess of the com­mu­nity to the con­tri­bu­tions of lo­cal women. With this in mind we had our first event at King’s be­fore an au­di­ence of lo­cal women.”

The au­di­ence was en­ter­tained by Mac­cles­field singer and song­writer Izzie Nay­lor at the start of the oc­ca­sion be­fore Coun Hare­wood wel­comed the speak­ers.

Con­trib­u­tors on the night in­cluded King’s Girls’ Di­vi­sion His­tory Club mem­bers El­lie Hopewell and Lil­ian Breese-Tovey, who showed off a power point pre­sen­ta­tion they had made about Mar­i­anne Brock­le­hurst and her Egyp­tian ad­ven­tures; Dr Ger­ald Coope, who talked about his mother Dr Jean Coope’s med­i­cal re­search and her great con­tri­bu­tion to life in Bolling­ton, and Rev Mar­ion Tug­wood, who told the meet­ing about the in­spir­ing work done by Street An­gels, a lo­cal group or­gan­ised by the lo­cal churches to man the town’s streets at night of­fer­ing peo­ple help and support.

Par­a­lympic sil­ver medal­list Libby Clegg, from Bolling­ton, also spoke about her life grow­ing up and how she achieved her Olympic win as a blind con­tes­tant. Well known histo- rian Dorothy Bent­ley Smith also gave a talk all about her in­ter­est in our lo­cal his­tory after com­ing to live in Mac­cles­field and fall­ing in love with the town and its her­itage.

Rhona said: “After such a suc­cess­ful day we are now hop­ing to make this an an­nual event.”

●● From left to right: Or­gan­is­ers Rhona Mar­shall MBE, Eileen Tal­bot, Coun Alift Hare­wood-Jones and Diane Turner. In­set is Mar­ion Tug­wood and Mac­cles­field may­oress Janet Jack­son

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