Belfast Telegraph

Blue plaque honour for trade unionist peace campaigner

By Rebecca Black

A blue plaque has been unveiled on Belfast's Shankill Road to a former mill worker who went on to win five international peace awards.

Saidie Patterson was a leading trade unionist. Alongside her work at Ewart's Mill, she was also an active member of the Girls Club Union.

For more than 50 years, she brought girls from the Falls and Shankill Roads together.

She went on to play an important role in the work of the Peace People, and at the age of 69 was presented with the World Methodist Peace Award. She died in 1985.

Mrs Patterson, who was originally from north Belfast, was committed to fairness and equality in the workplace.

She was remembered yesterday as Baroness May Blood dedicated an Ulster History Circle blue plaque at Shankill Road Methodist Church.

Belfast Telegraph

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