Excitement is building for the unveiling of the Emmeline Pankhurst Statue in St Peter’s Square, Manchester. This takes place at lunch time on Friday, 14th December.
This date is highly significant. On this day in 1918, exactly one hundred years ago, some women voted for the first time in a British General Election.
Join the rallies and marches
Women and girls will march into St Peter’s Square from two locations. Both of these are important in Manchester’s radical history. The Pankhurst Centre was the house where the Women’s Social and Political Union was founded in 1903. Marchers will rally there at 10.30 a.m. before marching into St Peter’s Square.
A separate rally will also take place at the same time at The People’s History Museum. Marchers from both will arrive in St Peter’s Square in time for the unveiling.
Emmeline Pankhurst’s statue will be unveiled in a ceremony starting at midday in St Peter’s Square.
Manchester Community Choir
Manchester Community Choir will sing before brief speeches are made and the statue unveiled. The whole crowd will then be asked to join in singing The Pankhurst Anthem.