By Toni Williams
Preparations for Suffrage 125 celebrations in Ashburton are steaming ahead for later this month, with Mid Canterbury Suffrage 125 committee members fine tuning events.
The celebrations will see businesses around town decorating shop windows, an official celebration ceremony on September 18 and a memorial walk on September 19 through the domain.
The committee is made up of representatives from Age Concern, Ashburton Museum, County Lions, Inner Wheel, Mid Canterbury Rural Women NZ, Women’s Institute and Zonta Club of Ashburton.
Committee members Trish Small and Sandra Curd said there had been a “good response” by retailers and other businesses in the community to have Suffrage 125 themed displays in their front windows.
They will be on show from September 16 to 23.
Overwhelming response to the official ceremony celebrations on September 18, saw the venue change from the Ashburton Museum, to the Ashburton Event Centre foyer.
It starts at 5.30pm and is open to anyone to attend.
People still need to RSVP to the museum to confirm a place.
The following day – September 19 – will be the 125th anniversary of the passing of the Electoral Act 1893 and will involve a memorial walk lead by four pipers.
It starts at the West Street cenotaph at noon and will proceed to the domain.
Committee members will wear period costume for the occasion and Mount Hutt and Ashburton college’s head girls Alisa Ikenaga and Connie Davidson (respectively) will conclude celebrations with the planting of a “Kate Sheppard Rose”.
People attending the celebrations were encouraged to wear purple and white in remembrance.