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‘Pankhurst party’ celebrates women’s suffrage

Celebrations will take place in Beverley this Sunday, July 15th, to mark 100 years since women were given the vote. This date is the birthday of Emmeline Pankhurst, one of the leaders of the suffragette movement. Pankhurst Parties are being held throughout the country to mark the anniversary of Votes for Women and in Beverley, women and their families are being invited to gather on the Westwood opposite the main entrance to the racecourse.

Pauline Greenwood, the party organiser, told Beverley FM:  “All are welcome to this event and are encouraged to bring along their own picnic or refreshments. The organisers are a group of local women and our stand will be decorated with the colours of the suffragette movement, white, green and purple.” 

The Pankhurst Party will start at 2pm and is also intended to be a celebration of everything women have achieved since gaining the vote in 1918 and the group is hoping to have a speaker who will encourage more women today to enter public or civic life or take on other important roles. A wreath will also be laid to honour the Suffragettes and their leader Emmeline Pankhurst.