The Friends of Flaybrick attended the official unveiling of a blue plaque at 103 Norman Street Birkenhead, to commemorate the life of Mary Ann Mercer (1883 – 1945), Birkenhead’s first female Mayor, 1924 – 1925.
Mary Ann Mercer, who is buried in Flaybrick Memorial Gardens, was a working class socialist and a life long pioneer of women’s rights.
During the presentation, Terry Briscoe, local poet and Friend of Flaybrick, recited a poem he’d written especially for the occasion.
by Terry Briscoe
Birkenhead’s first female Mayor, lived in Norman Street,
Mary Ann Mercer is her name, and her we would love to meet.
She was elected in 1919, a Labour councillor till 1945
A pioneer for women’s rights, and many kids she kept alive.
She’s buried in Flaybrick cemetery, and is mentioned in the tour
No doubt she was invited in, by god, when she knocked at Heavens door.
So Thank you, Mary Ann Mercer, Birkenhead’s first female mayor
We’ve gathered here for, the revealing of this plaque
It’s a moment we want to share!