International Women’s Day Thursday 8th March 2018

"A STATUE of Mary Barbour will be unveiled in Govan on International Women’s Day.

Andrew Brown's was the winning design (far left)

The Remember Mary Barbour Association (RMBA) has announced the date for the unveiling of the statue of Mary Barbour, a key figure in the 1915 Rent Strikes.

Mary Barbour campaigned to improve housing and conditions for working people during the 1915 Rent Strikes. The 1915 Rent Strikes exposed and protested against landlords who took advantage of the wartime economy to hike up rents for workers, evicting those who could not pay. The city-wide rallies and demonstrations forced a change in the Government’s rent legislation. A social pioneer, Mary was also elected as one of the first woman councillors for Glasgow in 1920, and appointed the first woman Bailie of the City of Glasgow in 1924." (from the Evening Times)


11.00am Assemble at Govan Cross, near the subway station.

Entertainment from Susan Morrison, Maeve Mackinnon, Whistlebinkies, Govan Allsorts Choir, People’s Past, People’s Future Choir

11.30am Unveiling ceremony

12.00pm Unveiling and end of ceremony

Early feedback suggests that there will be a sizeable presence at the event. The area immediately around the statue will be reserved for the local schoolchildren who will be representing Mary Barbour’s Army as they parade from the Pearce Institute to the Cross, led by the Govan Schools Pipes & Drums Band.

There will also be a cordoned area for a stage, a press and T.V. area, and a reserved space for our very senior citizens and wheelchair users.

For safety reasons they have requested the closure of Govan Road between the Cross and the Pearce Institute. This will make additional standing area available if required.