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Married to Sammy Cairns (see entry for Bill Carr and Sammy Cairns), Marie lived in Moorends from the age of 10 years and was well known locally in her own right.
At the age of 51, on Saturday 15th May 1965, she stood for her husband's vacated seat on Sammy's death, unsuccessfully but nonetheless effectively, in the Thorne RDC council by-election to join Bill Carr. Sam had won in 1959
Source: Communist Party election leaflet 1965