Descendants of Emily will unveil tribute in store

RUTHERFORDS department store will honour Emily Wilding Davison with a special unveiling on Saturday.

Two of her relatives have been invited to reveal a photograph of the Suffragette on this year’s Derby day at the Morpeth store.

The framed photo will hang there throughout June as a celebration of the life of the renowned women’s rights campaigner, who ran out in front of King George V’s horse Anmer and was knocked down during the Derby in June 1913.

Four days later she died from her injuries at Epsom Cottage Hospital and her body was taken to King’s Cross Station to be returned by train to Morpeth – where she is buried in a family plot at St Mary’s Churchyard.

Colin Caisley and Audrey Findlay, who both live in Morpeth, are Emily’s first cousins once removed and they will officially unveil the photo at 1.30pm.

Rutherfords’ director Jane Rutherford said: “We are a family business and thought it would be a lovely gesture and very fitting to invite Emily’s family here on this special anniversary.

“Emily Davison was a great figurehead for Morpeth, and Rutherfords department store is an iconic place on the town’s high street, as it has been here for 167 years, so we wanted to mark an historic occasion.”

Mr Caisley’s grand-daughter Lauren Caisley, 19, unveiled a commemorative plaque at Epsom Downs racecourse earlier this year next to the spot where Emily suffered the severe injuries.

His father, Edwin Robert Caisley, and Mrs Findlay’s father, Hector Caisley, were Emily’s cousins, and her descendants are looking forward to unveiling the photo.

“Not only did her fight secure votes for women, at the time men weren’t allowed to vote unless they were property holders,” said Mr Caisley.

“She helped to bring democracy for the whole country, and the fact that thousands turned out in Morpeth for her funeral procession shows how highly regarded she was in the town.”