‘Red Flag Over Bermondsey’ is the Ada Salter Story as Written and Performed by Lynn Morris. Somerset audiences can see the show on Saturday June 25th, 2.30 p.m at Taunton Quaker Meeting House, 13 Bath Place, off High St, Taunton TA1 4EP (beside The Crescent Car Park) .There is no entrance charge but donations are welcome
Ada Salter was an English social reformer, environmentalist, pacifist and Quaker, President of the Women’s Labour League and President of the National Gardens Guild. She was one of the first women councillors in London, the first woman mayor in London and the first Labour woman mayor in the British Isles.
Ada was a true radical, a campaigner for equal rights, socialist, republican, pacifist, environmentalist, and trade union activist. She was a leading light in the transformation of the Bermondsey slums in the early part of the twentieth century.
The first of many firsts
Born into Methodism, she became a Quaker in 1914. She and her GP husband, Alfred Salter dedicated their lives to the people of Bermondsey, living and working right in the heart of their community and having to accept the tragic consequences of their choice.
Ada broke through the glass ceiling of her time, becoming the first woman councillor in Bermondsey, first Labour councillor in Bermondsey, and one of the first women councillors in London.
In 1922 she became the first woman mayor in London and the first Labour woman mayor in Britain.
Red Flag over Bermondsey explores both the private and the public lives of Ada from 1909 until 1922, interwoven with her beloved Ira Sankey hymns and her passion for Handel.
The performance lasts 65 minutes without interval.Tea and cakes will be made available afterwards. Lynn Morris and her director Dave Morris are Journeymen Theatre. All profits and donations from Red Flag over Bermondsey will be used to support our work with the Women’s Co-operative of Seir, West Bank, Palestine
Event arranged by West Somerset Area Quaker Meeting.