Bells ringing out to 
honour Suffragettes

The all ladies' band who rang for Emily
The all ladies' band who rang for Emily

BELLRINGERS have been showing their support for Morpeth girl power.

The bells of Morpeth Clock Tower have recently rung out twice in honour of women — first for Mayor Joan Tebbutt, then to commemorate Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison.

The bells proclaimed the official election and robing of Coun Tebbutt as Mayor during a ceremony on May 23, and the following Saturday they were rung to a full peal of 5,120 changes.

The Mayor listened to the last hour of the peal in a nearby cafe, then joined and thanked the ringers when she was given her first lesson in ringing a bell full circle. The bells again rang out during the Emily Davison centennial anniversary commemorations on June 15.

Eight Northumbrian women, including two members of the Clocktower Bellringers, completed a quarter-peal as a procession made its way from Morpeth Railway Station to St Mary’s Church, following the route of Emily’s funeral cortege of 1913.

The Suffragette was laid to rest in Morpeth following her tragic Epsom Derby protest, which saw her struck by the King’s horse as she stepped onto the course to pin colours to its reins.