As International Women’s Day approaches I wonder how much progress has been made in gender equality since the 80s, as documented in chapters 5 and 15 of Manchester 1984.
Recollections of Maggie Walker who was in the same hotel fire that tragically killed Margaret Roff.
18th October 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Margaret Roff in a hotel fire in Nicaragua. Who was she and why was she there?
On the 6th anniversary of Kath Fry’s death we eagerly await the Manchester Mayoral election results.
Five years since Kath died and it is again an election day on 5th May. I’m sure there will be people at the count tonight who will think of her.
At last all of the chapters of Manchester 1984 are now on this site. (Image Credit: Fireworks By Fieldington at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28678368)
Margaret Roff (1943-1987) is mentioned several times in this book, so I thought I would collect together her story in a blog post to mark the publishing of chapter 15...
The Budget Review Working Party (BRWP) had the purpose of scrutinising every budget item in every department (on a rolling programme) in order to identify possible savings.
The portfolio of Leisure Services covers a wide range of things that are often highly valued by the public. Manchester City Council owned and was responsible for parks and gardens, public baths and laundries, sports halls…
Given that Kath was Deputy Chair of the Education Committee for a year (1989/90) and then Chair for four years (1991-95), this is the most personal chapter of the book.