Group recreates first suffragist march 100 years on

Suffragists: Members of Labour’s Women’s Forum, Create Choir and Soroptimists at the march

Group recreates first suffragist march 100 years on

19th December 2018

A HUNDRED years to the day since the women of Tunbridge Wells marched to cast their votes for the first time, a small group of local women have retraced their footsteps in commemoration of that historic day.

Wearing red, white and green – the colours of the suffragist movement – and period costume, the group went from Crescent Road, the site of the old Suffragist Office via Fiveways to the old Town Hall in Calverley Road.

The march took place on December 14, one hundred years to the day when the women of the town first got the vote and local suffrage leaders, Sarah Grand and Amelia Scott, led the women of the town to the polling station.

Following readings from newspapers and speeches of the time, the procession walked to Calverley Road where symbolic votes were cast and a bouquet of red, white and green flowers laid as in 1918  to the applause of a group of young women students.

A roundtable discussion of the suffrage movement ended this year’s commemoration.

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