Kathleen Ferrier CBE (1912-53)

Kathleen Ferrier CBE achieved international fame as a contralto singer of folk and classical works. Ferrier, whose family had links with Pembrokeshire, started work as a trainee at the GPO telephone exchange in Blackburn August 1926 later transferring to Blackpool. While there she auditioned for the GPO’s new ‘speaking clock’ service. Her marriage in 1935 ended her employment since at that time the GPO did not employ married women.