First women elected in Whitehead

Women were elected to Whitehead Urban Council for the first time in May 1961.

The result was greeted with a cheer from the crowd which had assembled outside the pavilion where polling had taken place.

It was announced by town clerk and returning officer Mr Regan.

He reported that not only had two females been elected for the first time but they had topped the polls.

Mrs K Greenfield JP had secured 587 votes followed by Miss McAlery, 548.

She was closely followed by Mr JA Houston with 545 votes followed by former chairman for the previous two years Mr SJ Campbell, 515; Mr MJ Williamson, 456; N Gilford, 450; SW Niblock, chairman of the finance and general purposes committee, 434; Mr McDonard, 426; W McFarlane, 400.

Mrs. Greenfield thanked the public for its support and said that she would be taking up the chairman’s position, a role granted to the candidate who topped the poll.