Member’s of the public are warmly welcomed to join the celebration of International Women’s Day on 8th March 2017 and attend the service held at midday at St Mary’s Church, Highchurch, Morpeth.

A service will be conducted by an all female clergy to recognise the impact of Emily Wilding Davison and all she achieved for women’s equality, to be held on International Women’s Day following the theme ‘Her Past, Our Present, Your Future.’

To mark the occasion, for the first time on International Women’s Day (IWD) in Morpeth, Northumberland County Council and Emily Inspires! are pleased to welcome the twelfth Bishop of Newcastle and the first woman Bishop of the Diocese, The Rt Revd Christine Hardman along with an all female clergy to the annual IWD Service marking the life and impact of Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison.

The service will involve young people from schools, Northumberland Youth Service, Youth Parliament and members of the public from throughout Northumberland exploring and discussing the impact women like Emily have had and what matters are critical for women’s equality today.

Following the service, Northumberland County Council Civic Head Alan Sambrook and all those present will lay flowers on Emily Davison’s grave on behalf of the authority and the people of Northumberland.

Northumberland County Council Civic Head Alan Sambrook said: “It is important to celebrate International Women’s Day, recognising the accomplishments of women and girls across Northumberland, the UK and the globe.

“We are proud to include Emily as part of the history of Northumberland and the Council are honoured to be included in her remembrance.”

Valerie Tyler, Councillor for arts, leisure and culture said: “Northumberland County Council are delighted to continue working with Emily Inspires! ensuring the legacy of Emily Wilding lives on and we continue to remember all she and her compatriots fought for.”

Emily Wilding Davison is one of the country’s most famous women following her participation in the Suffragette movement to campaign passionately for the right for women to vote. She had deep roots in Northumberland and Davison family members still live in Morpeth and the surrounding area.

Emily’s body was laid to rest in St Mary’s Church, Morpeth, when her body was brought back to the county following her final tragic demonstration at the 1913 Epsom Derby. She was struck down and fatally injured by King George V’s horse Anmer and died from her injuries 4 days later paying the ultimate price for her beliefs.

International Women’s Day was marked for the first time over 100 years ago in 1911 to support the movement for women’s rights, including the right for women to vote. Each year since, the day has been celebrated around the world to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.