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First part of Emmeline Pankhurst tribute unveiled

The famous quote inscribed on the inside of the stone wall Photo: ITV Granada Reports

The first half of a permanent tribute to Emmeline Pankhurst has been unveiled today in St Peter’s Square on what would have been her 160th birthday.

The white Portland stone wall, which will surround a statue of the Suffragette leader, has inscriptions of her famous quotes: “Deeds Not Words” and “Rise Up Women.”

"Rise Up Women" on the outside of the stone wall Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Councillor Andrew Simcock who has been instrumental in the campaign to get the statue, led the ceremony this morning which featured the crowd being led in a rendition of Suffragette anthem ‘The March of the Women.’

Dr Helen Pankhurst, Great-Granddaughter of Emmeline, talked of how proud she is:

It’s really lovely to see the first half. It’s symbolically incredibly important the whole sculpture is starting with a meeting circle, that idea of bringing people together. Whenever you mention the name Pankhurst, or Emmeline in Manchester there’s a collective shout out. To have a place where she is going to be honoured as well as all the other men is important

– Dr. Helen Pankhurst
A maquette of the Pankhurst statue due to be unveiled in December Credit: Sue Anders Photography

The second part, a bronze statue of Emmeline stood on a chair as if addressing a crowd, will be unveiled this December and will face the site of the former Free Trade Hall- an iconic building in the Suffragette movement.

The sculptor Hazel Reeves said:

I was so excited when I was appointed- my background is working for womens’ rights and then I became a sculptor and so what better job could I have than combining my two passions

– Hazel Reeves, Sculptor

The statue will be one of only two of women in Manchester. The only other statue is of Queen Victoria and was erected in 1901.