Women’s Day service remembers Suffragette Emily Davison

Floral tributes have been laid in memory of Northumberland Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison.

Crowds gathered at St Mary’s Church in Morpeth on Friday to remember the women’s rights’ campaigner as part of celebrations for International Women’s Day.

International Women's Day Emily Davison tribute-service and wreath/flower laying at grave at St Mary's Church, Morpeth, showing Morpeth Mayor Nic Best and Northumberland County Council Civic Head Kathy Graham.'REF 0603158568

International Women's Day Emily Davison tribute-service and wreath/flower laying at grave at St Mary's Church, Morpeth, showing Morpeth Mayor Nic Best and Northumberland County Council Civic Head Kathy Graham.'REF 0603158568

Community leaders joined students and members of the public for a church service, which reflected on the contribution of women to society in general and particularly highlighted Emily Davison.

The Suffragette, who lived in Longhorsley, was struck by the King’s horse at the 1913 Epsom Derby after stepping onto the course in a protest that went tragically wrong. She died four days later and was brought home to Northumberland to be buried in St Mary’s Churchyard.

During the service on Friday students shared their thoughts about Emily, before Northumberland County Council Civic Head Kathy Graham and Morpeth Mayor Nic Best led the congregation to lay flowers on her grave.