Thousands take part in parade to mark suffrage centenary

Thousands take part in parade to mark suffrage centenary

Thousands of women marched through Edinburgh today to mark the 100th anniversary of getting the right to vote.

They gathered at the Meadows before heading off through the city, ending by marching down the Royal Mile to the sounds of a piper playing Flower Of Scotland and past the Scottish Parliament.

Those taking part spanned all ages and many carried banners covering a range of causes.

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These included embroidered banners thanking the “sister suffragettes”, others proclaiming the suffragette slogans “Equality for Women” and “Deeds Not Words” and some simply stating “100 years”.

Modern political causes were also in evidence, with banners for the WASPI women fighting for pension equality.

Political parties were among the groups taking part in the parade, which was open to women and girls and those identifying as such, and other organisations involved included the Girl Guides and the Scottish Women’s Institute.

The event was produced by Artichoke and commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop said: “Processions is a great opportunity to celebrate the centenary of some women getting the vote, an important milestone in our country’s history.”

Click here to view all the photos from the event.

Photos: Alan Simpson Photography.

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