Building is re-named for Emily

Cutting the Ribbon Philpa Bilton , Lauren Caisley, Deborah Holmes, Medi Perry
Cutting the Ribbon Philpa Bilton , Lauren Caisley, Deborah Holmes, Medi Perry

Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison has had a building named in her honour.

The Northumberland women’s rights campaigner, who died after being struck by the King’s horse in the 1913 Epsom Derby, is remembered every year in the International Women’s Day celebration at St Mary’s Church in Morpeth, and at her graveside in the churchyard.

But now there will be a permanent tribute after the town’s Sanderson Arcade named one of its buildings Davison House.

The entrance has been painted in ‘Suffragette’ purple and artwork has been created by local man Jan Szymczuk. A plaque has also been unveiled, recognising Emily’s contribution to the votes-for-women cause.

An official naming ceremony was held on Saturday, attended by Davison descendants, community groups, councillors and Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery.

Head of the Davison clan Geoffrey Davison, from Australia, sent a message of support, and relatives of the Suffragette, Philippa Bilton and Lauren Caisley, took part in the event.

Arcade Manager Medi Parry said: “We were delighted to see so many people at the event. Morpeth is clearly proud of the town’s links with Emily Davison, and rightly so.

“We are very proud to be able to play our part in remembering one of Morpeth’s famous heroes in this way in the heart of the town centre.”