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UUP honours first female deputy mayor

By David Young

A pioneering female Ulster Unionist was honoured yesterday when party leader Mike Nesbitt unveiled a portrait of her by noted Ulster artist Raymond Piper.

Florence Breakie, who died in 1962, represented St Anne's Ward on Belfast Corporation from 1949 to 1961 and was High Sheriff of Belfast in 1959, and became the city's first female Deputy Lord Mayor.

The pastel portrait was completed in 1957, and now hangs in the Ulster Unionist Room at Belfast City Hall.

Councillor Jeff Dudgeon said: "Florence Breakie was probably the most high profile woman in Belfast politics until the 1960s and made history by becoming the first female Deputy Lord Mayor. Her service and achievements are very worthy of recognition and we take pride in them as a party."

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