Honouring a mum of four

Officials at the presentation included Blackpool Mayor Coun Eddie Collett, chairman of North West TUC Steve Farley, and North West TUC officers Kate Richardson and Sarah Livesey.
Officials at the presentation included Blackpool Mayor Coun Eddie Collett, chairman of North West TUC Steve Farley, and North West TUC officers Kate Richardson and Sarah Livesey.
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The dedication of a Blackpool trade unionist who died earlier this year has been honoured with a new award.

The family of Jane Rogers has been presented with the TUC Silver Badge for long service at a ceremony at Blackpool Town Hall.

The mother-of-four helped lead the way for women trade unionists when she became a rep for shopworkers union USDAW. She went on to be president twice of the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Trades Union Council and an executive committee member.

Peter Billington, secretary of the Lancashire Association of Trades Union Councils, said: “Jane was a first-class trade unionist and a thoroughly decent person.

“Jane first became active in the Lancashire Association of TUCs in January 2002.

“During that time she was a vice-chairman. She regularly represented the Lancashire association at the TUC’s annual conference and was a very well-known USDAW activist.”

Mrs Rogers’ children Thomas Rogers, Nancy Rogers, Mary McKee and Francine Connolly all attended the presentation.

Mrs Mckee said: “My family and I were very honoured to receive the silver award from the TUC on behalf of our mum Jane Rogers. It is a tribute to her hard work and that of her colleagues.”

Mrs Rogers, who lived near Stanley Park, died in Trinity Hospice aged 65 on January 25 having been diagnosed with cancer the previous October.

She left her partner Paul as well as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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