Preston City Council throws its weight behind vision to bring Edith Rigby statue to city

A vision to bring a statue of Preston suffragette Edith Rigby has gained backing from the city council.

Thursday, 31st January 2019, 6:34 pm
Updated Thursday, 31st January 2019, 7:38 pm
Preston suffragette Edith Rigby, second left, with fellow suffragette Eleanor Beatrice Higgginson, third from left. Both women spent time in Holloway Prison

A motion brought before councillors sought to “wholeheartedly support” an on-going project “to fund a statue of Edith Rigby to be placed at a suitable location in Preston”.

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Addressing councillors coun Morgan said: “I think it’s fitting to commemorate this powerful woman with a statue.”

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Supporting the motion coun Pauline Brown, leader of the Liberal Democrat group, told members that Edith Rigby was “one of my heroines”.

She added: “She was passionate about women’s rights and social welfare.

“She started a school in Preston and she didn’t just give them lessons she treated them to days out. She was also the first woman to ride a bike in Preston and apparently she had all sorts of abuse at her because she wore trousers to ride her bike.”

Former Preston mayoress Trisha Rollo is spearheading a campaign to bring a memorial to Edith Rigby to her hometown of Preston.

While the vision is only in its initial stages, ideas include a statue to Edith Rigby sitting down on a bench, perhaps in Winckley Square where she spent most of her life.