To mark the 100-year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which first gave women the right to vote in the UK, Be Richmond have themed the colours of their hanging baskets on the Suffragettes’ famous purple, white and green tricolour design.
Devised by leading women’s rights activist Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, the colour scheme had great significance at the time, with purple representing loyalty and dignity, white purity and green hope. Suffragettes were encouraged to wear the combination “as a duty and a privilege” and famous London stores Selfridges and Liberty sold a wide range of tricolour-striped items.
Be Richmond have provided 74 hanging baskets throughout the town, as part of Richmond’s entry to London in Bloom 2018.
Erick Kervaon, Be Richmond Chairman said:
“The hanging baskets have really enhanced the presentation of the town. This is not only great for visitors, but we know from research that it’s also a crucial factor in Richmond businesses’ ability to recruit and retain high quality employees.
We’re delighted to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK by using the Suffragettes’ famous colours in our floral displays”.
The baskets have proved very popular with residents, workers and visitors to the town.
Agnieszka Jacewicz of Kew Gardens commented:
“The flowers are beautiful and really brighten up the streets. I didn’t know about the connection with the Suffragettes, but it’s a great idea”
Amy Utton who works at Not On The High Street said:
“I love the beautiful colours and what they represent”
Mala Tolia, who works in Richmond and was with friends Shirley Morton and Anant Quilter enthused:
“The Suffragettes went through so much to get us the vote. This is a lovely way to remember them”.
Alina, who runs the ice cream van on Richmond Green said:
“So many people have made positive comments about the flowers”.
Joy Jewell of Plymouth who was visiting Richmond with her son said:
“This is a nice way to mark such an important occasion”.
Alice Mattarelli who was with colleagues Kaina Berretta and Aaron Tan from Retail Insight in Richmond said:
“There’s a beautiful hanging basket right outside our office. I didn’t know about the suffragette colours, but it’s a lovely idea”.
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