Emily Davison tribute planned in Morpeth

A permanent tribute will be created in the centre of Morpeth to honour Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison.

Sanderson Arcade has announced that it will rename one of its buildings for the famous women’s rights’ activist, who lost her life fighting for her cause.

The news follows an annual service of remembrance for the Suffragette at St Mary’s Church in Morpeth on Friday to mark International Women’s Day.

The campaigner, who lived in Longhorsley, died four days after being struck by the King’s horse at the Epsom Derby in 1913 when she stepped onto the course in an apparent attempt to fasten the Suffragette colours to the animal.

Thousands lined the streets when Emily was brought home for burial in St Mary’s Churchyard, Morpeth.

And now the town is set to recognise her again.

International Women's Day Emily Davison tribute-service and wreath/flower laying at grave at St Mary's Church, Morpeth showing Lauren Caisley who is Emily's first cousin, three times removed.'REF 0603158594

International Women's Day Emily Davison tribute-service and wreath/flower laying at grave at St Mary's Church, Morpeth showing Lauren Caisley who is Emily's first cousin, three times removed.'REF 0603158594

The soon-to-be-named Davison House, in the piazza area of the arcade, has been painted in the Suffragette purple and will feature artwork by Jan Szymczuk and a plaque.

Centre Manager Medi Parry said: “We know that many people who come to Morpeth visit Emily’s grave, but there isn’t anywhere in the town centre which pays tribute to her contribution to fighting for women’s right to vote.

“When we were re-modelling the entrances to our offices we thought this would be a great opportunity to remember Emily and rename the building in her honour.

“We are very proud to be able to remember Morpeth’s famous daughter in this way.”

We are very proud to be able to remember Morpeth’s famous daughter in this way.

Medi Parry, Sanderson Arcade Manager

An official unveiling will take place next week, attended by relatives of the campaigner, civic leaders, first-time voters and the Emily Inspires team, who led events to mark the centenary of Emily’s death.

Head of the Davison family, Geoffrey Davison, who lives in Australia, said: “The Davison and closely related Emily Wilding Davison family commend Dransfield Properties and Sanderson Arcade for their thoughtfulness and contribution to the sustained memory of a true heroine of Morpeth and of the nation. I look forward to visiting Davison House when I next come to Morpeth.”

Emily Inspires Working Group Chairman Andrew Tebbutt said: “Seeing Emily recognised in the very centre of Morpeth is something I have wanted to see for a long time. I really welcome this initiative from Sanderson Arcade.”

The official renaming takes place on Saturday, March 21, at 2.30pm.

Dozens of people turned out to pay tribute to Emily at St Mary’s Church last week.

The service saw students from Morpeth, Blyth and Alnwick share their views on the Suffragette and equality issues today.

The congregation then processed to Emily’s grave to lay flowers, led by Morpeth Mayor Nic Best, Northumberland County Council Civic Head Kathy Graham and Lauren Caisley, a relative of the famous campaigner.