Children march in honour of the suffragettes

February 23 2018
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An entire Totterdown school takes to the streets on the centenary of women's suffrage – Hillcrest primary

Hillcrest pupils on suffrage march

Hillcrest pupils on suffrage march

Hillcrest pupils on suffrage marchHillcrest pupils on suffrage march

Hillcrest pupils on suffrage march

Hillcrest pupils on suffrage march

WE'VE just seen the 100th anniversary of the historic day in 1918 when women in the UK were given the vote for the first time.

Admittedly it wasn't all women – the vote went only to those who were married or who owened property of a certain value. But it was a groundbreaking achievement for the decades of campaigning for the women's suffrage movement.

At Hillcrest primary school in Totterdown, everyone took part in marking the occasion. All the children spent the morning learning about what voting is and why it's important for everyone to be treated equally.

Then at lunchtime they took to the streets, marching out of the school gates in Cemetery Road, turning right down Wells Road, moving into School Road and encircling the school to arrive back at the front entrance.

Many were carrying placards and banners for women's liberation which they had made themselves. They made a popular spectacle, with drivers waving and tooting their support.