Dedication of tree to honour suffragettes

The  suffragette tree dedication ceremony at Springfield Park.
The suffragette tree dedication ceremony at Springfield Park.

A tree dedication has taken place in the borough to commemorate the memory of all the women who fought for their right to vote.

Emily’s Centenary Group was set up to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison.

The group met at Springfield Park in Forest Hall for a tree dedicating ceremony led by group member Pat Stevens.

They were joined by children from Springfield Nursery and Forest Fall Primary, as well as Friends of Springfield Park.

The group previously held a tea party for families and new voters, attended a suffragette memorial service in Morpeth, and taken part in a commemorative march in Newcastle dressed as suffragettes.

The group decided on a tree, as when suffragettes left prison they were invited to Eagle House in Batheaston for rest and recuperation, and were encouraged to plant a tree in what become known as Annie’s Arboretum, after suffragette Annie Kenney.

Ms Stevens said: “We chose Springfield Park because it is used by people young and old, day in and day out.

“The plaque will be seen by lots of people, and will be a reminder of the fight to win the right to vote.”