Earlier this month, we were joined at Stirchley Baths by members of the local community, history groups, the Co-operative Society, local Labour and Co-operative councillors Mary Locke and Karen McCarthy, and Mary Cottrell’s granddaughter, Kathleen Hardy, to unveil a Blue Plaque to Mary Cottrell. Mary Cottrell was the first woman elected to the Boards of the Ten Acres and Stirchley Co-operative Society in 1909 and to the Wholesale Co-operative Society in 1922. She was the first woman Labour and Co-operative Party councillor elected to Birmingham City Council in 1917, and was a member of the Civic Society’s founding committee.  

The plaque will be installed on the site of the original TASCOS bakery on the Pershore Road, now DJF Bathrooms and Kitchens.

Read more about Mary Cottrell here.