Votes for Women centenary: Staff dress up to salute suffragettes

10 February, 2018 - 12:03
Victoria Collier, Jemma Macfadyen and Mary Loram in their suffrage campaign clothes. Picture: The Costume Company

Victoria Collier, Jemma Macfadyen and Mary Loram in their suffrage campaign clothes. Picture: The Costume Company


Tuesday marks 100 years since women first got the vote in this country – and a costume company is to mark the occasion by dressing like the suffrage campaigners of a century ago.

Amanda Crabb and Jemma Macfadyen run The Costume Company, a treasure trove of vintage costumes and fancy dress outfits for adults and children to hire.

They bought the collection from K Costumes of Royston, and are based in Arkesden, near Saffron Walden.

Jemma said: “With 100 years having passed since some women could vote for the first time, we thought it fitting to don some period costume to show our support for those women who campaigned for this basic right of democracy.”

Amanda added: “We all feel proud to adopt the look of this brave group of women, whose actions had such huge influence on our lives today.

“We encourage others throughout this centenary year to pay tribute to their incredible actions.”


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