Links in a Chain - the Mayors of Bolton
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Elizabeth Brown

Mayor of Farnworth: 1972-73 (Labour)

Born: Astley Bridge, Bolton 22 January 1922

Died: Farnworth 23 October 1999

Educated: Wolfenden Street School, Bolton; Bolton Municipal Secondary School

First (and only) female Mayor of Farnworth.

Born Elizabeth Casement - known as Betty.

Wife of George Kenyon Brown, Mayor of Farnworth 1965-66.

They had 6 children themselves, adopted a son and fostered over 40 other children.

Worked as a SRN at Bolton Royal Infirmary, Bolton General Hospital and also in North Wales.

Represented North East Ward.

One of the main instigators of the Bolton Dial-a-Ride service.

Member of a number of Committees including, Health, Baths and Markets, Parks and Entertainment.

In 1970 she was elected as Lancashire County Councillor for the Western Division of Farnworth.

Served as a member of the County Council Social Services and Parliamentary Coordination Committees. 

Awarded British Empire Medal in 1988 for services to the community.

Awarded Honorary Fellowship of Bolton Institute 1991.

Vice-Chairman of Haysbrook, Lostock, Firwood and Woodside Special Schools.

Vice-Chairman of Plodder Lane, Cherry Tree and Highfield Schools and a Governor of Harper Green School.

Mrs Brown was a tireless campaigner and fund raiser for the handicapped, made more urgent in 1976 by her own diagnosis of viral meningitis which forced her into a wheelchair for ten years.

Whilst in hospital she established the charity 'Breathe' to buy more breathing equipment for hospital patients

Her eldest daughter, Mrs Katherine Lesley Hulme, was Mayoress.



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