Memorial service for suffragette

AN open invitation has been issued to Northumberland residents for an annual service in honour of a famous Morpeth suffragette.

International Women’s Day was held for the first time in 1911 in support of the movement for women’s rights and today it celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women around the world.

In Morpeth, particular regard is given to suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, of Longhorsley, who was struck by the King’s horse after running onto the track at the 1913 Epsom Derby. She died of her injuries four days later and is buried in St Mary’s Churchyard.

The women’s day service will take place at St Mary’s Church, Kirkhill, at noon on Thursday, March 8, and there will be a special address by Rev Fiona Sample, the High Sheriff of Northumberland.

It will be followed by the laying of wreaths at Emily Davison’s grave.

Members of Morpeth Soroptimists will also mark the event by inviting women to stand with them on the Chantry footbridge at 10.30am in line with similar events around the world as a sign of peace.