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UK's First Black Female Mayor Honoured

LEGACY: Simmons continues to make history

THE UK's first female mayor of African descent will see a development of council flats named in her honour.

Mrs Lydia Simmons was born in the Caribbean island of Montserrat and moved to Slough in 1960, serving as a councillor from 1979 to 1994 and from 1999 to 2007. She became the town's mayor in 1984.

The block of one, two and three bedroom apartments in Elliman Avenue, Slough, will be known as Lydia Court.

Mrs Simmons told The Slough Observer: “It is so lovely people thought of me. I always loved working with housing and our tenants and it was a major part of my life and political career.

“Council housing is vital to the community in Slough and I am honoured this new council development is being named after me.”

Lydia was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list in 2011.

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