Historic election for women

A Beverley election steeped in ancient tradition will soon take place at Beverley's Guildhall – and for the first time women will be allowed to stand and vote.

The election for 12 new Pasture Masters and two Auditors, who look after Beverley's three areas of common land, Westwood, above, Swinemoor and Figham will be held between 9am and 4pm on Tuesday March 1.

Thanks to an Act of Parliament, daughters are now allowed to inherit the title from their fathers, and a second Act has extended the boundaries beyond Beverley to Molescroft and Woodmansey.

Since last March the number of Pasture Freemen has more than doubled to 210 with 75 women. Freemen can pick up nomination forms at 114 Poplars Way, Beverley, HU17 8PU, or by calling 01482 882140.

Picture: Terry Carrott