Irene Faulkner [1918 – 2010], of South Bank, York, trained as a nursery teacher and later worked in further education. A pioneer in the world of education, in the early 1950, when there was no nursery education available, in order to help working mothers with very small children, she set up a nursery school at her then home in New Walk Terrace, with over 20 children. Irene was a Labour councillor in York and North Yorkshire for 38 years. She was chairman of the York Education Committee and on the board of governors of many schools. She was also a York magistrate for 24 years, and chaired the bench for many years, retiring in 1988.
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