‘Our Elizabeth’, the life-size sculpture of Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy, was officially unveiled by The Baroness Lady Hale of Richmond on International Women’s Day (Tuesday 8th March 2022).
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The parade led by Beartown Stompers Jazz Band marched from Lawton Street through town to the Bridge Street statue. Children dressed up from ten local primary schools, the Women’s Institute, Guides and many more community groups formed the bursting parade and packed into the busy pedestrian area ahead of the unveiling. Congleton Choral Society and Daven & Mossley school choirs delighted the audience with their performances.
The ceremony was opened by Congleton Town Mayor, Cllr Denis Murphy with speeches from members of Elizabeth’s Group including Chair, Susan Munro and Trustee Kay Wesley.
Lily Smith from Congleton High School read a poem, followed by a reading from Helen Banks of Eaton Bank High School.
Baroness Lady Hale of Richmond spoke passionately about the campaigns and rights Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy led and fought for. A countdown was started by the townsfolk who had turned out to meet Elizabeth and Lady Hale had the honour of officially unveiling her to the crowds. Award-winning sculptor Hazel Reeves shared her reflections on creating the bronze statue of Elizabeth.
Residents and visitors enjoyed the blue skies and soaked up the Victorian atmosphere at the side stalls featuring traditional games and a Punch and Judy show with a White Ribbon twist. Thank you to the Officers of Congleton Town Council, Rotary Congleton, Congleton Community Projects and all the volunteers who made the event possible.