Crowds turned out for an annual service in Northumberland this afternoon to pay tribute to inspirational women, including Northumberland Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, the service at St Mary’s Church in Morpeth was conducted by an all-female clergy – including the Bishop of Newcastle, The Rt Revd Christine Hardman.
It included hymns, songs, thoughts and prayers and young people were among those to discuss the impact women like Emily Davison have had and what issues are critical for women’s equality today.
The service was also organised by the Emily Inspires! group.
Following the service, Northumberland County Council Civic Head Alan Sambrook and others present laid flowers on Emily Davison’s grave on behalf of the authority and the people of the county.
She was arrested on nine occasions, protested by means of hunger strikes and was force-fed 49 times while incarcerated.
In her most famous moment of protest, she stepped in front of King George V’s horse Anmer at the Epsom Derby on June 4, 1913, and suffered injuries that proved fatal four days later.