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Suffragette 'martyr' remembered
The Derby moments before Emily Davison's death
The Derby moments before Emily Davison's death
A church service in memory of a suffragette martyr is being held in Northumberland to mark International Women's Day on Tuesday.

Emily Davison died after throwing herself in front of a racehorse at the Epsom Derby in 1913 to draw attention to the campaign for votes for women.

The service will be held at St Mary's Church in Morpeth, where she is buried.

Afterwards, civic dignitaries and the descendent of a suffragette family will lay flowers on the grave.

Lady Frances Stacey, whose mother and aunt were suffragettes, will also speak at the service.

Coun Michael Davey, Leader of Northumberland County Council said: "It is appropriate that the council celebrates International Woman's Day by paying tribute to Emily Wilding Davison.

"Each year the numbers of people attending the service increase - evidence of the regard still held for her and the sacrifice she made.

"Now, not only do woman have the right to vote, they have the opportunity to take up positions in public office and other areas previously dominated by men where they can make a difference."


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