Remembering Emily, who made the ultimate sacrifice

Emily Inspires! day in Morpeth.'Ref:JCMH 150613emily97
Emily Inspires! day in Morpeth.'Ref:JCMH 150613emily97

People came from near and far to gather in Morpeth and pay tribute to Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison.

Emily, who lived in Longhorsley and whose family hailed from Morpeth, was fatally injured at the 1913 Epsom Derby when she attempted to attach the Suffragette colours to the King’s horse Anmer and was struck down.

She died four days later and was laid to rest in St Mary’s Churchyard in Morpeth.

Various events were organised in the town on Saturday through the Emily Inspires programme to commemorate the campaigner 100 years to the day since her funeral.

There was music in the Market Place courtesy of Werca’s Folk women’s choir and the Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, a Bikes and Bonnets cycle ride from Longhorsley to Morpeth’s Carlisle Park, an exhibition in the Town Hall, including Emily’s Votes for Women scarf on loan from the Houses of Parliament. Staff from Beamish Museum organised a family picnic, traditional games and a Suffragette rally.

The highlight of the day was a procession along the route of her funeral cortege, from Morpeth Railway Station to St Mary’s, which was followed by a service of commemoration and the laying of floral tributes at Emily’s grave.

Her great great nephew Geoffrey Davison travelled from his home in Australia to take part.