Nellie Beer

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Nellie Beer, OBE, JP (née Robinson; 22 April 1900 – 17 September 1988), was a Conservative member of Manchester City Council from 1937 to 1972.[1] She was Lord Mayor of Manchester from 1966-67.[2]

Her father died when she was 14 and she then worked in a blouse factory for 4/- a week. She went to night school and became a dress maker in a large Manchester store. She joined the Conservative Party during the 1914-8 war.[3] She attended secondary school in Ardwick. in 1927 she married Robert Beer to whom she bore a daughter. She stood for Parliament in Manchester Ardwick unsuccessfully in 1945.[citation needed] She was first Chairman of the Manchester Children's committee from 1948 to 1952 and continued as an active member of the committee. She was awarded the title of Honorary Freeman of Manchester in 1974.[4]


  1. ^ "Women of History - B". A Bit of History. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Lord Mayor's Office". Manchester City Council. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Holman, Bob (1996). The Corporate Parent. London: National Institute for Social Work. p. 14. ISBN 1899942092. 
  4. ^ "Who Has The Freedom Of MCR?". Manchester Confidential. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2016.