Published on Thu, 30 May 2019 18:20

Patricia Hollis was a prominent local politician who served on Norwich City Council from 1968 to 1991, and as Leader of the Council from 1983 to 1988. In 1990 she was created a life peer as Baroness Hollis of Heigham, and served in the Labour Government between 1997 and 2005.

As a young adult she spent time in the USA as a student, but she was also active in the civil rights movement and was present at Martin Luther King’s famous ‘I have a dream’ speech in Washington DC in August 1963.

She came to Norwich in 1967 to work at UEA, teaching modern history. Eventually she rose to become Dean of the School of English and American Studies in 1988. Speaking just after she had died last October, Vice-Chancellor Professor David Richardson said, “Patricia was a real powerhouse in the life of both UEA and the city of Norwich and she served both the university and the city admirably. Her loss will be felt by us all. Baroness Hollis was passionate about social justice and was a real force for positive change in politics.”

A Memorial Service for Baroness Hollis is being held at St Peter Mancroft Church at 4.00pm on Saturday 1st June. The service will include a number of tributes, as well as various musical contributions and readings. Speaking about the service, Revd Edward Carter, the Vicar, said: “Mancroft has always been the civic church for Norwich, and it’s a privilege for us to be hosting this occasion. Baroness Hollis held a leading role in the civic life of our city over many years, and dedicated her whole life to social justice. People will be attending from across the country, but I hope some of our own congregation will also want to attend.”

Worshippers are asked to be seated by 3.45pm, and all are welcome.

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