Elaine Marshall came from Trinidad and Tobago at the end of the 1950s as part of the Windrush generation, she fought off the sad stereotypes of the days and fought against poverty and in 2004 remembered
Preston’s newest citizen was not deterred, and found ways to help themselves. They made their own entertainment centres, running two sports and social clubs, and joined in with amateur sporting events in Preston and beyond. Teams from Jalgos and the Caribbean Club quickly ranked and the Caribbean Cricket Team had a 20 year unbeaten record for the Preston and District Cricket League Turner Cup, helped along by ‘Master Bowler’ Alwin Mondesire.
Mrs Marshall went to work at Courtaulds until their closure at the end of 1979, the beginning of a great economic recession in the north of England.
She organised groups of women to help each other find support and was one of the woman who founded Sahara, a local community centre, becoming a well respected community activist in Preston for her selfless work. She was for many years involved in the Caribbean Carnival and was the Carnival Queen is 2002, aged 80 years old.
In 2012 the City of Preston bestowed the title of Guild Burgess on her, one of 20 new people’s choice burgesses, a title that can now be passed on through her family.
In Preston Guild week, September 2012, Elaine Marshall was made an Honorary Guild Burgess.
Elaine Marshall with her Guild Burgess Certificate
She is the first member of Preston’s African Caribbean community to join this historic group and among the first women to be made Guild Burgesses in their own right.
Mrs Marshall was interview by Clinton Smith (PBHG Chair) to record her feelings and experiences for posterity.
She passed away peacefully in her sleep on may 13 2017 at the age of 95. a memorial is held in Preston every year