There was another large attendance for an annual service to pay tribute to Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison at St Mary’s Church in Morpeth earlier today.
The women’s rights’ campaigner, who died in 1913 after she was struck by the King’s horse at the Epsom Derby, is buried in the churchyard and it has become traditional for the congregation to lay flowers on her grave after the event on International Women’s Day.
The service, organised by Northumberland County Council and Emily Inspires!, was led by Rev Fiona Sample, Reader Vivienne Sommerville and Penni Blythe-Jones (Emily Inspires!).
It featured contributions from the Youth Service, Youth Cabinet and students from schools throughout the county and there was music on the Northumbrian pipes from Kim Bibby-Wilson.
Representatives from various Morpeth organisations, including the town council, were in attendance.
County council civic head Kath Nisbet said: “As well as honouring the memory of Emily Wilding Davison, the service was an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women from all walks of life and 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.”