A MOVING church service was held in Morpeth this week to commemorate the life of one of the county’s most famous women.
The special service was held at St Mary’s Church on Tuesday in honour of Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, who campaigned passionately for women’s rights, their freedom and their right to vote.
The former Longhorsley resident paid the ultimate price for her beliefs when she was struck down by the King’s horse after she ran onto the track at the 1913 Epsom Derby.
She later died of her injuries and was laid to rest in the graveyard at St Mary’s.
During the service, an address was given by Sandra Kerr, and Werca’s Folk women’s choir sang a tribute to Emily.
King Edward VI School Head Girl Beth Copeland read a lesson and Northumberland County Councillors Marcia Bircham and Andrew Tebbutt also spoke.
After the service, each woman in the congregation was offered a white carnation to lay on Emily’s grave.
The ceremony was organised as part of the celebrations for International Women’s Day, which was marked for the first time 100 years ago in support of the women’s rights movement.
Each year it is celebrated around the world to acknowledge the economic, political and social achievements of women from all walks of life and the challenges they have often had to overcome to make their voices heard.