Hundreds Attend Alice Hawkins Statue Unveiling

Over 1,000 people from across Leicestershire and beyond attended Leicester Market on Sunday 4 February, as a statue commemorating one of the suffragette movement’s leading lights – Alice Hawkins – was unveiled in the new Market Square.

Since it’s unveiling, the stunning representation has been frequently visited by people keen to find out more about one of a woman who was jailed five times during her fight to achieve equality.

The seven-foot-tall statue of Alice, who led the women’s suffrage movement in Leicester in the early 1900s, was created by sculptor Sean Hedges-Quinn and funded by local businessman Jamie Lewis. The statue stands on a four-foot plinth overlooking the square, close to where Alice would have addressed the crowds at the height of the suffragette movement.

Sunday’s unveiling formed part of an afternoon of events marking the start of a year-long celebration commemorating the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918; the act that gave all men – and some women – the right to vote.

A nationwide programme of events marking the centenary of the first British women getting the vote will be taking place this year, with seven cities receiving a share of the Government’s £1.2million Centenary Cities Fund.

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