Date set for Emily statue unveiling

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A statue to create a lasting memorial to suffragette Emily Wilding Davison is set to be unveiled in Morpeth’s Carlisle Park on September 11.

Northumberland County Council is organising a community unveiling ceremony for 11am and has invited local MPs, community groups, organisations and schools to come along and take part in the proceedings.

Arrested and imprisoned for her part in demonstrations and activities in support of the Women’s Social and Political Union, Emily Davison’s name became known around the world in June 1913, when she stepped onto the track during the Epsom Derby and was struck by King George V’s horse Anmer.

She never recovered from her injuries and died four days later in hospital. She was buried in St Mary’s churchyard.

The county council has contributed £50,000 towards the monument, with Morpeth Town Council contributing £5,000.

An interpretation panel is also being installed to help tell Emily’s story and a walking guide produced so that people can visit the many locations in Morpeth that have a strong connection with Emily, including her grave.

This year marks the 100th anniversary since some women were granted the right to vote. The statue, by internationally renowned sculptor Ray Lonsdale, will commemorate Emily’s life and achievements.

Cabinet member and county councillor for Longhorsley where Emily once lived, Glen Sanderson, said: “The unveiling ceremony is set to be a big community celebration event and we are really pleased that family descendents of Emily will be coming.

“It’s great that we will be able to recognise her achievements with this statue – especially in this centenary year.”