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Suffragettes in Morpeth

As part of celebrations for International Women's Day, Beamish Suffragettes were invited along to a service held at St Mary's Church in Morpeth.

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The churchyard is the location of the grave of Emily Wilding Davison, a lady with strong North Eastern roots who sacrificed her life for the Suffrage movement in the name of giving women the vote.

Born in 1872, she became very involved in the Suffragist movement, taking part in protests and other activities resulting in imprisonment on numerous occasions.

Emily attended the Epsom Derby on June 4th 1913. As the horses rounded Tattenham Corner, Emily climbed under the barrier and fell under the King's horse. She later died of her injuries.

This year, the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, we were invited to bring along some of our Beamish Suffragettes in costume as part of the memorial service.

It was a fine sunny day and after the well attended church service, people gathered at Emily's grave to lay flowers. You can view a selection of photos from the day on our Flickr Photostream.