A special guest paid us a visit last week to tell us about an important event which is taking place in Manchester next month. Councillor Andrew Simcock from Manchester City Council has spent the last four years working tirelessly to raise money for a new statue in Manchester. A statue of Emmeline Pankhurst will be unveiled on December 14th to mark the centenary of women gaining the right to vote in a general election.
Councillor Simcock noticed that Queen Victoria was the only female represented by a statue in Manchester and decided to begin a campaign to remedy this omission. A list of a possible 20 worthy female candidates , all with a connection to Manchester, was drawn up and after a series of presentations and democratic votes, Emmeline Pankhurst was selected as the new subject. She was born in Moss Side and with the significant political milestone looming she was an excellent choice.
Funding for this project has been raised entirely from charity events organised by Councillor Simcock and not from council coffers. The artist who won the bid also made 10 smaller bronze maquettes (scale models) which have been sold to help with funding. Councillor Simcock owns one of these and was able to bring it to show us.