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On International Women’s Day, Glossop Labour Club celebrates inspirational founder

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On International Women’s Day (8th March), a memorial plaque was unveiled at Glossop Labour Club to commemorate the life of Florence French.

The unveiling was performed by Terry Revell with several members of Glossopdale Labour and High Peak Co-operative party in attendance.

At the turn of the Twentieth Century, Florence French (neé Kershaw) played a prominent part in the campaign to give women the vote. She was an active trade unionist and a leading campaigner for the women’s suffrage in Glossop.

She was also a founder member of Glossop Labour Club in 1906. Only seven years later, she died at the early age of 34. Her grave in Glossop Cemetery is often marked by local women’s groups with ribbons and flowers in the suffragette colours of green, white and purple.

The memorial plaque will eventually be mounted on the front of Glossop Labour Club.

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