Street party recalls links to suffragette

A plaque has been laid outside a house on Marlborough Road, Sheffield where Adela Pankhurst once lived.
A plaque has been laid outside a house on Marlborough Road, Sheffield where Adela Pankhurst once lived.
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A STREET party was held to coincide with the unveiling of a brass plaque highlighting Sheffield’s links with suffragette Adela Pankhurst.

Several residents dressed in Edwardian costume during activities to commemorate her living and working at 45 Marlborough Road in Broomhill from 1910 to 1911.

A plaque has been laid outside a house on Marlborough Road, Sheffield where Adela Pankhurst once lived. Moor Oaks Triangle Residents in costume outside the building

A plaque has been laid outside a house on Marlborough Road, Sheffield where Adela Pankhurst once lived. Moor Oaks Triangle Residents in costume outside the building

Adela Pankhurst – the youngest of three sisters battling for women’s rights and votes – came to Sheffield to run the Women’s Political and Social Union.

Members of the community group, the Moor Oaks Triangle, helped to raise the money for a plaque in the pavement and to draw attention to the condition of the empty, rundown building.

Guests at Saturday’s street party and unveiling ceremony, two days after International Women’s Day, included long-standing local resident Betty Roberts, aged 87, Master Cutler Pam Liversidge, MP Paul Blomfield and suffragette expert Dr Jill Liddington.

Marlborough Road was closed to traffic and the event included children’s games, music and refreshments. “It was absolutely wonderful,” said community group member Sue Widdows. “We probably had 60 to 70 people. It brought the community together.”