Plymouth is currently marking the 75th anniversary of the Blitz and Waldorf Astor (1879-1952) was Lord Mayor at the time.

Waldorf Astor

Waldorf Astor

Born in America, brought up in England, MP for Plymouth from 1910-1919, Parliamentary Private Secretary to David Lloyd George, Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministries of Food and Health, newspaper publisher, racehorse owner/breeder and supporter of many social causes and charities.

Waldorf with his wife Nancy Astor

Waldorf with his wife Nancy Astor

He was made a Freeman of Plymouth in 1936 and was also involved in shaping the plans for the rebuilding of the city after the Second World War. Many people also know him as the husband of and political advisor to Nancy Astor (1879-1964), who once described him as a ‘noble, kind and clever man.’