Our Emmeline

On Friday 14th December, exactly one hundred years since women were first able to vote in a general election, the new statue of Emmeline Pankhurst , entitled ‘Our Emmeline’ was unveiled in St Peter’s Square. A group of pupils from years fie and six were invited to join a march which began at the Pankhurst centre on Oxford Rd and took us right up to the meeting circle which is the Statues resting place. We listened to speeches from key people: Councillor Simcock; members of the city council who have backed the project; Emmeline’s great-granddaughter Helen Pankhurst and the sculptor Hazel Reeves. Our pupils participated fully in the marching chants of ‘What do we want?’ ‘Equality!’ and they also gave very well-informed answers to questions from a BBC Radio Manchester reporter. It was a very moving and momentous occasion which we were delighted to be part of.