Brenda Fisher's house, Grimsby, decorated with good wishes

Brenda Fishers house

The photograph is of Brenda’s house in Scarthoe Rd., Grimsby. Bill Leckie, a Scottish friend of the family, pins up a welcome banner outside.

Brenda Fisher, Grimsby, Lincolnshire. She swam in the 1951 Daily Mail “Festival of Great Britain” International Race. Brenda was winner of Ladies race and was placed 4th overall, in a time of 12hrs 42 mins, a New Womens record

She received a check for £1000 and the Festival Cup. Brenda and Godfrey Chapman both received Siver Trophies which had been presented by General and Eva Peron as the first man and women to finish. The Trophies were presented to celebrate the” Festival of Britain Year”. She landed at St. Margarets Bay, her pilot was J.G. Atkins, and the pilot boat was Britannia.

Brenda Fisher of Great Britain was successful in the 1954 race, and the first Lady home in a time of 14hrs 25mins.

Brenda was a very successful long distance swimmer; in 1948 she won the Morecambe Bay Championship and in 1951 she was the first Lady home in a new record time of 12hrs 42mins – she recieved a trophy from Eva Peron for being the first lady home. In 1954 she was the first lady home, her time was 14hrs 36mins.

In 1956 she swam Lake Ontario in a new record time of 18hrs 51mins. Also in 1956 she was the first lady home in the Nile Swim. In 1957 she swam for 15hrs 25mins in the Billy Butlin Swim.

From the Sam Rockett collection.

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