Council sets date for unveiling of Emily statue

A statue to create a lasting memorial to Northumbrian suffragette Emily Wilding Davison is set to be unveiled in Morpeth’s Carlisle Park on September 11.

Northumberland County Council is organising a community unveiling ceremony for 11am and has invited local MPs, community groups, organisations and schools to come along and take part in the proceedings.

This year marks the 100th anniversary since women were granted the right to vote. Emily Wilding Davison campaigned passionately for this right and the statue, by internationally renowned sculptor Ray Lonsdale, will commemorate her life and achievements and celebrate the huge historical importance of her actions.

Arrested and imprisoned for her part in demonstrations and activities in support of the Women’s Social and Political Union, Emily Davison’s name became known around the world  in June 1913 when she stepped onto the Epsom track and was struck by the thundering hooves of the King George V’s horse Anmer.

Emily never recovered from her injuries and died four days later in hospital.  She was buried in St Mary’s Church Yard in Morpeth. 

Northumberland County Council has  contributed £50,000 towards the monument with Morpeth Town Council contributing £5,000. An interpretation panel is also being installed to help tell Emily’s story, and a walking guide produced so that people can visit the many locations in Morpeth that have a strong connection with Emily, including her grave.

Glen Sanderson, Northumberland County Councillor with responsibility for environment and local services and ward member for Longhorsley where Emily once lived said: “The unveiling ceremony is set to be a big community celebration event and we are really pleased that family descendents of  Emily will be coming.  

“ There is a large and justified interest locally, nationally and internationally in Emily’s story so it is good to be able to recognise her achievements - especially in this centenary year.
This is a large commitment for the County Council but a very worthwhile one which will make our Carlisle Park an even more attractive place for residents and visitors to enjoy.

“It's great that we will soon be able to see this amazing sculpture being finally unveiled'.
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