Blackburn: unveiling of Barbara’s castle statue in pictures

A selection of images show scenes from the official unveiling of the Barbara Castle statue in Jubilee Square, Blackburn, today (October 9).

Politicians and advisers from yesterday and today gathered in the plaza to witness the long-awaited unveiling.

Mr Straw, who worked for Baroness Castle as a political adviser before succeeding her as an MP, said he owed the veteran politician “almost everything”.

He describes her as an “extraordinary figure” and a “true force of nature”.

He added: “Barbara was absolutely determined to make her way into what was then a man’s world.”

The crowd listened to a clip of Baroness Castle, who died in 2002 at the age of 91, speaking on Radio 4’s Desert Island records in 1990.

In the clip, she said, “I never wanted a woman’s job.”

As part of the commemorations, the children of One Voice Blackburn held placards and marched through town on the song Everybody Out from the musical Made In Dagenham, based on the machinists’ strike at the Ford factory that Baroness Castle held. helped to solve.

Deputy Leader of the Labor Party Angela Rayner said: ‘I think it’s only fitting that we are all here today to support what Barbara did when she was your MP, but an absolute treasure. for all of our UK, and gave us the cornerstone of what I call our modern society today after that Labor victory of 1945.

“I am incredibly proud to be here as a red-haired Northerner who promises to always be forthright in Barbara’s legacy.”

Sculptor Sam Holland said she worked on the statue, which depicts the politician advancing with a copy of the equal pay law in his arms, on the 50th anniversary of the legislation last year .

She said: “I had a really intense moment of catharsis.

“I know how fiery she was and all of her accomplishments, not only locally but throughout her career.

“She was a very good person in government and people are really proud of her and very proud to have had Barbara as their MP.”

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