Remembering Dewsbury’s Channel Swimming Hero

In August 1950 Eileen Fenton swam from France to England, and into the hearts of Dewsbury people.  Kirklees Museums and Galleries are delighted to celebrate this achievement with a new display of artefacts at Dewsbury Town Hall.

A real trailblazer

Aged 22, Eileen, from Thornhill Lees, took part in the first International Cross-Channel Race. She was the smallest competitor in the race and was the first woman to finish, taking fifteen and a half hours to swim the 20 plus miles from France to England.

What is on display?

The display includes a number of items on loan from Eileen, including her original swimming costume, and a portrait painted by David Martin.

What else can I go and see?

The exhibition can be viewed on the ground floor of Dewsbury Town Hall, which already houses a display of museum objects relating to the history of Dewsbury and its people. This includes artefacts from the textile industry and a number of Dewsbury mementos.

Want to know more?

You can find out more about Dewsbury Townhall on the website.

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