Following a campaign led by Alexis Bowater, a bronze statue that will celebrate Nancy Astor, the first woman MP to take her seat in Parliament, is approaching its final shape. The bronze has been poured and the construction of its support base is in progress.
The statue will be unveiled on November 28 at 12:30, the centenary of Mrs Astor's election. Great Western Railway will also be naming one of their new Intercity Express Trains after Nancy Astor at the same date.
GWR's managing director, Mark Hopwood mentioned “There is no doubt that Nancy Astor was an outstanding role model for women and changed the way our Parliament looks and acts."
The train's naming ceremony will be held at London’s Paddington Station. Shortly afterwards, the train will travel to Plymouth, bringing along special guests, including members of the Astor family, members of both the House of Commons and House of Lords arriving in time to attend the unveiling of the first statue to Nancy Astor on Plymouth Hoe.
GWR has announced that free return tickets on the Nancy Astor train have been offered to every female MP in both the House of Commons or the House of Lords who are either serving or ex-serving.
Below you can watch the entire story of the campaign to celebrate Nancy Astor through this wonderful statue.