Memories of the ultimate sacrifice

THE ultimate sacrifice of Longhorsley Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison will be remembered in a service next week.

The centenary of International Women’s Day takes place on Tuesday and to mark the occasion there will be a service at St Mary’s Church in Kirkhill.

It aims to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women.

And this year’s Morpeth service will include an address by inspirational women Carolyn Collette and Sandra Kerr, before Northumberland County Council Chairman Marcia Bircham leads the congregation to lay flowers on Emily Davison’s grave.

The Suffragette campaigned passionately for women’s right to vote.

In 1913, in what was to be her final demonstration, she ran onto the racetrack at the Epsom Derby, where she was struck by the King’s horse. She died four days later from her injuries.

Coun Bircham said: “The service is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women from all walks of life and to pay tribute to all those who have worked tirelessly for the freedom and equality that so many of us in the western world are lucky enough to enjoy today.

“At the same time, we must never forget the millions of women around the globe who are still oppressed and far from achieving equality with men in vital areas, such as access to education, healthcare and employment.”

The service will begin at the church at noon. All welcome.