Emily will be remembered during Women’s Day service

Pictured is Emilys great-great-great niece Lauren Caisley at Emilys grave after the 2015 service.
Pictured is Emilys great-great-great niece Lauren Caisley at Emilys grave after the 2015 service.

Residents are invited to attend the annual celebration of International Women’s Day in Morpeth on Tuesday.

As ever, it will honour the memory of Emily Wilding Davison, one of the county’s most famous women who joined the Suffragette movement to campaign passionately for the right for women to vote.

The service, organised by Northumberland County Council and Emily Inspires!, will take place in St Mary’s Church from noon.

Emily’s body was laid to rest in the churchyard when her body was brought back to the county following her final tragic demonstration at the 1913 Epsom Derby.

She was struck down and fatally injured by King George V’s horse Anmer and died from her injuries four days later, paying the ultimate price for her beliefs.

At the service, there will be contributions from the Youth Service, Youth Cabinet and students from schools throughout the county, as well as an opportunity for those attending to share their views about equality today.

Afterwards, county council civic head Kath Nisbet and those present will lay flowers on Emily’s grave on behalf of the authority and the people of Northumberland.