Names on the buses

661 Dame Millicent Fawcett




Connections with Brighton and Hove : Fawcett was a suffragette who advocated change through peaceful means, unlike the better-known Pankhursts. Born in 1847, she was the sister of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, the first woman to become a physician in Britain. She married Henry Fawcett, the radical MP for Brighton, who had been blinded in a shooting accident. Although she had to care for him through his disability, he encouraged her in the fight for women's rights. She was widely criticised when in 1868 she gave a speech advocating women's suffrage. After her husband died in 1884, she took an even greater role in the suffragette movement and became its president in 1907. Fawcett supported the war effort in 1914, believing that if women played a full part, they would be rewarded with the suffrage later. Before her death in 1929 she saw many of her aims achieved. She became a Dame in 1924.

661 Scania Omnidekka - carried name since delivery in September 2005, on Coaster 12, Dame added April 2006. Rebranded in Metro 25 livery in August 2008. Metro 25 branding removed January 2012.

Henry Fawcett