By Sarah Lagan
The York Evening Press’s seven-year campaign for a national memorial
to the women of the Second World War has been praised by former House
of Commons speaker Baroness Betty Boothroyd.
The Queen unveiled the £1m bronze monument at Whitehall last month.
sent a personal message thanking the York paper for its “unrivalled
campaigning zeal” to ensure there was a monument dedicated to the
wartime contribution of British women.
Boothroyd, who is patron
of the Women of World War II Memorial Fund charity, said: “The Evening
Press played an invaluable role in our sevenyear struggle. At this time
of defiant celebration amid renewed danger, we pay tribute to the
Yorkshire veterans who inspired our charity, which allowed us to raise
the enormous funds we needed and win national support.”
Kevin Booth said: “The Evening Press has a strong tradition as a
campaigning newspaper and we are proud to be able to include the
women’s memorial as one of our many successes.”