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On November 28, 2019, the American MP and first sitting female Member of Parliament, Lady Nancy Astor, will be celebrated in Plymouth. The date marks 100 years since the Plymouth Sutton by-election which saw Lady Astor win the seat previously held by her husband, Waldorf, who had ascended to the House of Lords.
As part of the commemorations, a statue dedicated to Lady Astor will be unveiled on Thursday November 28, after a successful fundraising campaign took place earlier this year.
It has also been announced that a Great Western Railway train will be named after Lady Astor. Great Western Railway Managing Director, Mark Hopwood, said that "Nancy Astor is one of our Great Westerners, nominated by our customers to have a train named after her, and we are delighted to be able to name the train on the centenary of the election results. Great Westerners are chosen because of the contribution they have made to our region. Great Westerners are chosen because of the contribution they have made to our region. Railways also helped to change the fabric of society and we are proud to have the Nancy Astor join our fleet and to see her operating on our new timetable linking communities and promoting women across our network."
The train will be dedicated on November 28 at Paddington Station in London, with invited guests, members of Astor's own family and Members of Parliament on board to arrive at Plymouth in time for the statue's unveiling.
To find more details on the statue unveiling, and for other campaigns associated with the Lady Astor Centenary, go to www.ladyastorstatue100.co.uk.