Betty Gallacher

Standing Up For All Workers


“Oi you! I need a word with you”.
It might not be at the cutting edge of political dialogue but it was a wonderful means of communicating for Betty Gallacher; for Betty

was not your typical senior trade union lay official. She was our first female senior shop steward on the London buses and a beacon in the battle for LGBT+ rights.

‘Betty’s bus’ was the most distinctive feature of London Pride for many years, and since then she has managed to migrate her energy and realise her ambition by bringing ‘Pride’ events to the South Coast where she retired with her partner Mandy.