CALLS have been made for Northumberland Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison to feature on a bank note.
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird says that plans to replace Elizabeth Fry with Winston Churchill on a £5 note should include the production of an alternative £5 note remembering a heroine, and preferably one with northern connections.
She said that Emily, who died after a women’s rights’ protest at the Epsom Derby 100 years ago, would be an ideal candidate.
“I think it would be wonderful to remember the courage and strength of Emily Wilding Davison, who did so much to help women get the vote,” she said.
“Little did she know we would be remembering her 100 years after her death.
“I firmly believe we should commemorate the centenary of her death by ensuring she is the other face of the five-pound note.”
Mrs Baird added that she would be happy to see any heroine honoured, such as Grace Darling, Elizabeth Browning or Harriet Martineau.