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Cycling clubs in northern England raise over £1,000 for Sylvia Pankhurst statue

CYCLING clubs in northern England held three mini-marathons over the weekend that raised more than £1,000 for a statue to honour socialist suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst.

The marathons ended at the workers’ stately home Wortley Hall, in South Yorkshire, where the annual Sylvia Pankhurst memorial lecture was delivered by Dr Sheila Hanlon on Saturday night.

As well as being a prominent suffragette, Pankhurst was a staunch communist and anti-imperialist who opposed the first world war, unlike the bourgeois suffragettes led by her mother.

She is not represented on the memorial to her sister Christabel and mother Emmeline in Victoria Tower Gardens, London.

The Sylvia Pankhurst Memorial Committee is trying to raise £70,000 to erect a statue honouring her in London’s Clerkenwell Green, home to Marx Memorial Library and historic starting place for many working-class demonstrations.

Clubs that took part in the marathons included Clarion Cycling Club and Pedal4Progress.

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