Dunmow’s inspirational women are celebrated at march to mark a century of suffrage

PUBLISHED: 09:54 15 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:19 19 June 2018

The Hardwick family with their designs for the banner. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

The Hardwick family with their designs for the banner. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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Amidst a sea of purple, white and green sashes and home-made signs from all over the country a banner saying ‘Great Dunmow’ could be seen bobbing in the crowd.

Kelly Lattimore and Catherine Mummery at the march in London. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDKelly Lattimore and Catherine Mummery at the march in London. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

The banner, which is part of an on-going project to celebrate women in the Dunmow area, was carried by Catherine Mummery and Kelly Lattimore at a London march on June 10 to mark 100 years since the first British women won the vote on June 10.

Drawings which were sewn onto the banner included two flowers from sisters Saffron Hardwick, 6, and Lily Hardwick, 9, and the mayor of Dunmow’s chain of office by Caroline Fuller, Dunmow Town Council’s clerk.

Textile artist Ellen Jackson woke up at 4am on the day of the march to make sure the banner was ready in time.

Ms Mummery said: “It was wonderful to meet so many women on the march and it was lovely how many wanted to take photos of the Dunmow banner. One woman was a human rights lawyer from India and she wanted photos to show her students. Our banner even had its few seconds of fame at the end of the BBC One broadcast. The biggest thanks go to Ellen Jackson, it is down to her enthusiasm and skill that we had a double sided banner.”

The banner was designed at a free flag making workshop on June 9 at Dunmow library, with library staff members also drawing flowers and adding encouraging slogans.

Ms Mummery, who coordinated the workshop, said: “It was particularly lovely to hear mothers explain to their daughters the reason why we are celebrating the first votes for women.”

Grace Taylor, 10, her mother Kelly Taylor, and Carole Seaforth also contributed to the banner.

Ms Mummery added: “We are carrying on with our project to find stories of inspirational women connected with Dunmow, and we are looking to make another banner to celebrate their lives.”

If you would like to get involved in the project e-mail catherinemummery@highstileprojects.co.uk.

Material used in the letters on the banner was from the Danaher Animal Home charity shop in Dunmow.

Most of the materials for the banner were donated by Karen Steed.

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