Mayor pays tribute to Baroness Trumpington

News release from 27/11/2018

The Mayor of Cambridge, Cllr Nigel Gawthrope, has paid tribute to Baroness Trumpington on behalf of the city, following news of her death.

Baroness Trumpington was an Honorary Councillor of Cambridge City Council having been a city councillor for Trumpington ward from 1963-73, and Mayor of Cambridge from 1971-72.

Born in London as Jean Barker, Baroness Trumpington was a ‘Land Girl’ during the World War Two before working in naval intelligence at Bletchley Park.

She made a significant contribution to public life in Cambridge as a city councillor and was instrumental in returning the Market Square from a car park to the market as it is today.

She was the first woman chair of the Cambridge City Conservative Association and was also chair of the Cambridge branch of The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and served on the committee of the Cambridge and County Folk Museum.

Becoming a Life Peer in 1980, she took the title The Baroness Trumpington from the ward she represented on the council, and remained an active member of the House of Lords until recently.

Cllr Nigel Gawthrope, Mayor of Cambridge, said: “It is with sadness we hear the news of Baroness Trumpington’s death.

“She led an active and notable life of public service, from her work during the Second World War at Bletchley Park, to her work on the city council and in the House of Lords. On behalf of the council we express our sympathy to Baroness Trumpington’s family.”

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