Life’s a picnic in a free family fun day

Morpeth's picnic in the park.
Morpeth's picnic in the park.

SUFFRAGETTE Emily Wilding Davison will be the inspiration behind a summer Picnic In The Park.

The annual event, which has become something of a Morpeth tradition at the start of the school summer holidays, takes place in Carlisle Park on Sunday.

And this year the picnic will link in to the Emily Inspires programme, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the death of Northumberland Suffragette Emily Davison, who died after her tragic protest at the 1913 Epsom Derby when she was struck by the King’s horse as she attempted to attach a scarf to its reins.

The programme has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Organised by the Greater Morpeth Development Trust (GMDT), the picnic will include workshops by artist Karen Willis to design and paint an Emily mural, willow weaving with Ruth Thompson to create a Suffragette figure, and members of St George’s Players taking on the role of Suffragettes to tell people about the history of the campaign for women’s votes and equality.

There will also be a selection of family activities, such as magic shows, medieval tile making, proggy mat making, a display by Guide Dogs, balloon modelling and storytelling with Jo Jingles.

Northumbrian Water Ellington Colliery Band will provide the music, while Morpeth Churches Together will offer a free barbecue.

Overseeing it all will be Morpeth Gadgy Alex Swailes.

GMDT Director of Arts and Culture Frank Rescigno said: “The picnic has grown every year we have staged it and we are working with a wider group of partners to deliver a fun community event for all the family.

“The opportunity to link into the Emily Inspires programme is a fantastic way to continue to raise awareness of her legacy.”

The Picnic In The Park takes place from noon to 4pm. Admission is free.