Service to celebrate a key day

St Marys Church was packed for the 2016 International Womens Day service organised by Northumberland County Council and Emily Inspires! Picture by Jane Coltman.
St Marys Church was packed for the 2016 International Womens Day service organised by Northumberland County Council and Emily Inspires! Picture by Jane Coltman.
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Members of the public are warmly welcomed to attend the Northumberland celebration that is once again taking place in Morpeth to mark International Women’s Day.

The service at St Mary’s Church on Wednesday, which starts at noon, will be conducted by an all-female clergy to recognise the impact of Emily Wilding Davison and all she achieved for women’s equality.

It will involve young people from schools, Northumberland Youth Service and Youth Parliament and members of the public from across the county. The Emily Inspires! group is helping with the organisation of the service.

Following the service, the county council’s Civic Head Alan Sambrook and others present will lay flowers on Emily’s grave in the churchyard on behalf of the local authority and the people of Northumberland.

He said: “It is important to celebrate International Women’s Day – recognising the accomplishments of women and girls across Northumberland, the UK and the globe.

“We are proud to include Emily as part of the history of Northumberland and the council is honoured to be included in her remembrance.”

International Women’s Day was held for the first time in 1911 to support the movement for women’s rights, including the right for women to vote.

Each year since, the day has been celebrated around the world to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.