Suffragettes “storm” Sudbury Town Hall

Ladies from the Ephemera Archive dressed as suffragettes to meet Sudbury Mayor Jack Owen to publicis

Ladies from the Ephemera Archive dressed as suffragettes to meet Sudbury Mayor Jack Owen to publicise the Quay theatre showing the film "Suffragette." - Credit: Su Anderson

Suffragettes hammered on the doors of Sudbury’s town hall on Saturday, demanding to see the mayor.

Ladies from the Ephemera Archive dressed as suffragettes to meet Sudbury Mayor Jack Owen to publicis

Ladies from the Ephemera Archive dressed as suffragettes to meet Sudbury Mayor Jack Owen to publicise the Quay theatre showing the film "Suffragette." - Credit: Su Anderson

Jack Owen opened the doors and ceremoniously invited the group into the Mayor’s Parlour.

It was not a step back in time, but rather eight members of the Sudbury Ephemera Archive publicising the upcoming showing of the film Suffragette at the Quay Theatre on March 8 and April 11.

The society first dressed as suffragettes for the 2014 Sudbury Carnival, for which they won an award.

“We didn’t really need much encouraging to do it again,” said Anne Grimshaw.


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“It was all good fun and the Quay were very supportive.”

She said the group had planned it as soon as they heard the film was being made.

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“When I knew it was coming out in the cinemas I emailed the Quay and said ‘are you showing it and would you like some free publicity?’

The Sudbury Ephemera Archive looks to catalogue and preserve anything from letters, brochures and newspapers to programmes, catalogues and photographs from the town, making them available to historians and the general public.

Chairman of the group Sue Tibbetts and secretary Penny Power were also two of the suffragettes on Saturday.

The group said afterwards they “stormed the town hall demanding to see the mayor”, who allowed them in to enjoy tea and biscuits in the Mayors’ Parlour.

To contact the Quay, call 01787 374745 or visit http://quaysudbury.com

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