The unveiling of the Emmeline Pankhurst Statue
The unveiling of the statue of Emmeline Pankhurst, ‘Rise Up Women’ by Hazel Reeves will take place in St Peter’s Square, Manchester on Friday. 14th December 2018. This highly significant moment takes place after a campaign lasting almost five years for a statue of a woman of significance to Manchester.
Marchers rallying at two iconic locations
10.30 – 11.00 a.m. Marchers gather at rallying points near to The Pankhurst Centre and The People’s History Museum
11.20 a.m. The marchers set off with others joining on the route singing songs such as March of The Women, Nana was a suffragette and The Pankhurst Anthem.
11.50 a.m. Both groups arrive in St Peter’s Square
In St Peter’s Square:
11.05 a.m. Our MC opens proceedings and introduces Huckleberry Films videos and Saffron Cherry Productions film Emmeline Pankhurst:The Making of a Militant, first shown on BBC ONE NW
Huckleberry Films videos
The pouring of the bronze took place in London on Thursday, 25th October 2018. Here’s the Huckleberry film of the occasion:
And here’s their film of the meeting circle unveiling:
The ceremony begins at midday
12.00 p.m. The marchers arrive in St Peter’s Square
12.05 p.m. MC introduces Manchester Community Choir to sing three songs.
The Pankhurst Anthem
One of the songs will be The Pankhurst Anthem, sung here by the Gurt Lush amateur choir
The speeches begin
12.20 p.m. Brief Thankyou Powerpoint presentation introduced by MC who then introduces a number of speakers.
12.45 p.m. The Lord Mayor
Flash Mob sings The Pankhurst Anthem
12.50 p.m. The crowd sing The Pankhurst Anthem
13.00 p.m. The statue is unveiled
Royal Northern College of Music Brass
13.00 p.m. The RNCM brass ensemble play whilst everyone has their photos taken with the statue