In celebration of women

Emily Davison's great great great niece Lauren Caisley seen laying flowers on her grave as part of a  church service at St Mary's Church, Morpeth, held as part of International Women's Day.
Emily Davison's great great great niece Lauren Caisley seen laying flowers on her grave as part of a church service at St Mary's Church, Morpeth, held as part of International Women's Day.

MANY Morpeth residents celebrated the achievements of women at home and abroad right across the town last Thursday.

La Bodega Tapas Bar in Newgate Street was full of people for an activity-packed event on International Women’s Day, with proceeds going to Oxfam.

Emma Scott, who linked up with the charity through her Little Bundles bunting business, enlisted the support of La Bodega owner April Atkinson and Elizabeth Killoran, owner of wedding party and event planning business Whistles and Bells to organise refreshments, activities for adults and pre-school children, a schools competition and a raffle with prizes donated by Morpeth firms.

Town Mayor Phil Taylor came along during the day.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who either donated something, or who came on the day to support this fantastic Oxfam fund-raising event,” said Mrs Scott.

“This whole event has brought our business community and schools together and the early signs show that we have raised around £1,000 just on the day itself.”

At St Mary’s Church in Kirkhill, the annual service in honour of Morpeth suffragette Emily Wilding Davison took place.

She campaigned for women’s voting rights, including a protest at the 1913 Epsom Derby, where she was struck by the King’s horse after running onto the track. She died of her injuries four days later and is buried at St Mary’s. Following the service, members of the congregation laid flowers on her grave.

They were led by Northumberland County Council Chairman George Todd, who said: “Whilst we celebrated the achievements of all women, the council was particularly keen to celebrate the life of Emily Davison as she made the ultimate sacrifice for the Suffragette cause and is buried in St Mary’s Churchyard.”

l La Bodega winning raffle tickets: Blue: 21-25; 26-30; 56-60; 71-75; 131-135; 176-180; 196-200; 256-260; 261-265; 301-305; 306-310; 356-360; 396-400; 421-425; 436-440; 476-480. Green: 6-10; 94; 124; 246-250; 271-275; 286-290; 301-305; 326-300; 381-385; 411-415; 441-445; 496-500. Yellow: 206-210; 236-240; 251-255; 266-270; 331-335; 370-380; 411-415; 426-430; 431-435; 436-440. Pink: 16-20; 21-25; 31-35; 61-65; 66-70.