Blue honour for Violet?

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A SOCIAL reform campaigner and mayor of Chesterfield is among the great and the good of Derbyshire whose former homes are being nominated for blue plaque status.

Violet Markham was born at Brimington Hall in 1872. She went on to become a mayor and a mover and shaker in government for 50 years, lobbying for social reform.

Violet’s name is among a 12-strong shortlist of notable Derbyshire residents whose homes could be fitted with blue plaques - local versions of the national heritage scheme.

Public voting is online at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/blueplaques until August 8. The six names with the most votes will be selected for plaques and results will be announced in September.