One of the first females to represent Great Britain at the Olympic Games has been recognised with a commemorative blue plaque in her memory in her home town.
Edith Carrie Pickles, born in Wilsden, Bradford, was part of the first eligible British ladies’ team to compete at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam, where they came home with a historic bronze medal.
Wilsden Parish Council wanted to mark this ground-breaking moment and secured a blue plaque to display outside Carrie’s birthplace.
Carrie started her gymnastics career with All Saints Gymnastics Club and Bradford Gym Club before showing her talent at a regional level in Yorkshire and then nationally at the English Championships, winning numerous titles.
After the 1928 Olympic Games, Carrie set up her own gymnastics club, the Saltaire Ladies, and later in her coaching career became the team coach for the 1948 and 1952 Olympic teams.
Carrie’s gymnastics legacy runs through the family. Her daughter Jill carried on coaching the Saltaire Ladies before her granddaughter, Tracey, became involved as a top brevet judge in acrobatic gymnastics. Carrie’s second daughter, Jan, also stayed involved in gymnastics and now her granddaughter, Lottie, is involved in gymnastics in Bristol and is trained by coaches of Carrie.
Both Jill and Jan (pictured above) were present for the unveiling of the blue plaque and they were also joined by former Saltaire gymnasts along with members of the local community.