Sudbury ‘Suffragettes’ win first carnival procession shield in 26 years

The Sudbury Ephemera Archive dress as suffragettes to walk in the Sudbury Carnival on Sunday, August

The Sudbury Ephemera Archive dress as suffragettes to walk in the Sudbury Carnival on Sunday, August 24. - Credit: Su Anderson

For members of the Sudbury Ephemera Archive (SEA), memories of the carnival last August Bank Holiday Sunday were revived when they were presented with an award.

The shield for the ‘Best in Procession’ – which was last presented to Sudbury Hospitals after the 1988 carnival – was handed over by event organiser Jack Owen at a recent presentation in the Mayor’s Parlour at Sudbury Town Hall.

The carnival theme was ‘Sudbury through the Ages’ and members of SEA dressed as Suffragettes carrying ‘Votes for Women’ banners. They were accompanied by a ‘policeman’, Tim Tibbetts, the husband of SEA chairman Sue Tibbetts.

Local history buff Anne Grimshaw, who came up with the Suffragettes idea, said: “It was fantastic to win the award at the first carnival for many years.

“I could not find any record of militant Suffragette activity in Sudbury, but I’m sure there must have been some women who wanted the vote.

“The ladies put in a huge amount of effort to look authentic and it paid off.”