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  • Sewing Rooms crew join capital parade to mark centenary of women winning the vote

    Henry James

    AFTER weeks of community involvement and preparation, The Sewing Rooms Skelmersdale banner to mark 100 years since women got the vote was part of a parade through the streets of London on Sunday (June 10).

    A small group from Skelmersdale, including the designer, Laura Scott; Councillors Claire Cooper and Maureen Nixon; Friends of Skelmersdale Library chair, Mary Whitby; and Mary Jones carried the banner from Park Lane to the Houses of Parliament, following the route the suffragettes took 100 years ago.

    The inspiration for the banner came from the Suffragette colours of purple, green and white and the pansy was the symbol of the women’s suffrage movement.

    Many different community groups in Skelmersdale made the flowers which were then hand-stitched by Laura on to the main banner with help from textile students from Manchester University.

    The material for the banner was provided by Panaz.

    Processions, commemorating 100 years of Women’s Suffrage, also took place in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh, as well as London and were produced by public arts company Artichoke, whose CEO, Helen Marriage, said: “I’d like to pay tribute to our commissioners 14-18 Now and the many other supporters who have made this historic event possible.

    Most especially, I salute the thousands of women who have embraced the idea of processions and, following in the footsteps of their suffragette and suffragist ancestors, created an unforgettable image commemorating 100 years of women voting in a joyful, inclusive occupation of our city streets.

    “It was a wonderful day and the whole group felt immensely proud to be able to represent the women of Skelmersdale at such an event and thrilled to have featured on the national news as part of coverage of the event. ”


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