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Alice Hawkins unveiled (ext event)

Description: Unveiling of statue of Alice Hawkins in Market Square.

The statue of Alice Hawkins – who led the women’s suffrage movement in Leicester in the early 1900s – will be unveiled on Sunday 4 February in Leicester’s news Market Square at a public event starting at 2pm. Secular Hall will be open from 1pm. A march to the square will leave the Hall at 1-30pm with the Leicester Secular Society banner among others.

There will be songs from Elaine Pantling's show "Alice In Her Shoes" (performed by members of DMU Square Mile Choir, Fosse Singers and Red Leicester Choir, directed by Janet Wood) and a march through Leicester ‘raising the banner in honour of Alice and all the other brave and courageous women and men who fought so that women could win the right to vote’.

Black Annis Women's Morris will perform a new dance they've created especially for today's event.

Alice and her husband Alfred were members of Leicester Secular Society and we hope to have a good turnout for this event - please share the information widely!

Draft Timeline (Updated 30 Jan)

12:30 pm Blue Plaque Cycle Tour departs from Town Hall Square (6km approx - route: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/553823)
1.30pm Groups and individuals to meet up at Secular Hall and song sheet to be given out
1.50pm Procession line up order
2pm Rally call by Alice Hawkins (Elaine) and Choir to Sing
2.03pm Procession walks to the Clock Tower
2.08pm Choirs to perform song
2.11pm Elaine Pantling Spoken word at the Clock Tower
2.16pm Procession proceeds towards New Market Square via the Corn Exchange onto Market Place South
2.20pm Cycling Suffragettes to park bikes in the Lay By on Market Place South opposite the Fish Market
2.20 pm 6 x Flag bearers to congregate by the statue
2.20 pm Groups to stand in position at New Market Square

Useful links:

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/AStatueOfAliceHawkins/
Sculptor Sean Hedges-Quinn talks about the statue http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/gender-should-not-barrier-anything-1076193
Leicester Mercury preview: http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/suffragette-leaders-great-granddaughter-attend-1125144
Alice Suffragette website: http://www.alicesuffragette.co.uk/
Leicester City Council:
- (16 Jan) https://www.leicester.gov.uk/news/news-story-details/?nId=89503
- (update 1 Feb) https://www.leicester.gov.uk/news/news-story-details/?nId=89529
LSS Members Register from 1901: https://photos.app.goo.gl/FkjIt4PLR7YoEqng1
Biography by cycling historian Sheila Hanlon: http://www.sheilahanlon.com/?page_id=2231
Ned Newitt's radical who's who: http://www.nednewitt.com/whoswho/H.html

BBC film to be broadcast 12 Feb: https://twitter.com/vixhix/status/953577902108495872

Shall we call it Alice Hawkins Square as CelticTiger60 suggests in a comment on the Leicester Mercury website?

Location: Secular Hall and Alice Hawkins Square (aka Market Square), Leicester LE1 5HB
Date: Sunday, 4 February 2018
Time: 13:00-15:00 GMT
Duration: 2 hours
Access: Public
Category: (i) External event of interest*
Created by: Public Access ( by LSS editor )
Updated: Sunday, 4 February 2018 11:49 GMT
Attachments: None

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