Famous face of Emily sculpture revealed



A statue to create lasting memorial to Northumbrian suffragette Emily Wilding Davison is starting to come to life.

Nationally renowned sculptor Ray Lonsdale who has been commissioned to create the life sized replica in steel has now released images of her completed face.

The monument, once completed,  will be erected in Carlisle Park this summer to mark the 100th anniversary since women were granted the right to vote.

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.

Since that time, while an annual commemoration of her life takes place in Morpeth, no prominent memorial to her life and achievements - other than her grave - has been present in the town.

Northumberland County Council’s cabinet members agreed to contribute £50,000 towards the monument with Morpeth Town Council agreeing a financial contribution of £5,000.

An Information panel will also be provided in Carlisle Park to highlight the significant role Emily played in the suffragette movement. It will include a walking trail to help visitors and local residents, in particular the younger generation, to learn more about Emily Davison, her close links to the area and the huge historical importance of her actions.

Glen Sanderson, Northumberland County Councillor and ward member for Longhorsley where Emily once lived said:

“ Emily Davison was a true local hero who brought about votes for women, and it is right that we recognise her achievements - especially in this centenary year."

“ Sculpture Ray Lonsdale is well known for his distinctive and thought provoking work which has achieved international acclaim. I’m really looking forward to seeing the finished results.”

 
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