Two Suffragettes sisters were remembered for their contribution to the campaign for the vote when a plaque was revealed in Urmston.

Born in the 1880s, Beatrice Clayton Pepper and Edith Clayton Pepper lived at an address on Primrose Avenue for most of their lives.

The Pepper Sisters became involved in the activities of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), also known as The Suffragettes, in their 20s and committed a lot of their time to the cause across Lancashire.

Beatrice and Edith stewarded meetings and processions and supported the WSPU in its activities across the region.

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From 1908, they made a number of trips to the capital alongside other activists. They were among the 300 women who marched on the Houses of Parliament on November 18, 1910, a day known as Black Friday due to the aggression shown towards them by bystanders and by the Metropolitan Police.

They were also among the 220 women arrested and taken to Cannon Row Police Station around a year afterwards. 

They served a week at Holloway Prison for which both received recognition in the form of the Holloway Brooch.

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Their actions led to the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which allowed women to vote under certain circumstances, and the 1928 Representation of the People Act, which allowed women to vote on the same terms as men.

The Pepper Sisters died in old age while still at the address on Primrose Avenue.

It was at this address a plaque was revealed on July 2, the anniversary of the 1928 Representation of the People Act, in the presence of councillors and other guests. There were readings by the Mayor of Trafford Dolores O'Sullivan, councillors Catherine Hynes and Joanne Harding and a family member of the sisters Susan Leach.

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Afterwards Cllr Harding, who represents Urmston Ward, tweeted: "What an honour to speak today at an Urmston plaque unveiling.

"The Pepper Sisters, Beatrice and Edith, two suffragettes who lived on Primrose Avenue. I loved hearing the memories from Susan."

The plaque is the latest in a line to be revealed by Trafford Council in recent weeks. There are also plaques for guardsman Edward Charlton and calypso legend Aldwyn Roberts, also known as Lord Kitchener, both in Stretford. 

This article was written by Jack Tooth. To contact him, email or follow @JTRTooth on Twitter.