2018 marks the centenary of women in the UK being able to vote.
Macclesfield is to mark the event by honouring a local hero of women’s’ suffrage, Mary Turpin, by naming a new road in Tytherington’ Turpin Close’. Research by retired school teacher and local historian, Eileen Talbot, uncovered the fact that Mary was the first ever female Labour Councillor, elected at the 1922 Borough elections. Former Mayor of Macclesfield, and long serving Macclesfield Labour Councillor, Alift Harewood MBE, read out Mary Turpin’s inspirational election speech at the Barnaby Women’s event in the Spring. Alift subsequently proposed at a recent Macclesfield Town Council meeting that a street or road should be named in honour of Mary Turpin. Confirmation that a street on a new development at Tytherington is to be called ‘Turpin Close’ was received a few days ago. Alift said; ‘This is great news, and is long overdue recognition of Mary Turpin’s pioneering achievement. Her name will now be woven into the fabric of Macclesfield’s history for many decades to come.’’ Sheila Franklin, The Women’s Officer for the Macclesfield Labour Party, said, “Naming this road after Mary is a welcome step in highlighting the important role women have played in the history of our town”.