[From the Beds & Herts Tuesday Telegraph: July 22nd, 1919]
For practically, if not actually, the first time in the history of the Luton Board of Guardians, the proceedings of this public body were yesterday [Monday, July 21st] conducted under the presidency of a lady – Mrs A. Attwood, the Vice-Chairman. This was necessitated by the absence of the Mayor (Council Impey), who is Chairman of the Board.
In taking up the position, Mrs Attwood briefly alluded to te sad state of affairs prevailing in the town, stating that she deeply regretted the cause of the absence of the Chairman, but had great faith in the people of Luton, sincerely believing that the trouble was only very temporary and everything would soon be settled down again. She assumed the presidency without further comment.
[Henry Impey did chair a meeting of the Board of Guardians on September 1st, 1919, and a meeting of Luton Town Council the following evening]