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Suffragette 100: Editor’s comment: Do you know someone with spirit of the suffragettes?

PUBLISHED: 08:00 10 February 2018

Suffragettes marching in London to protest the first arrest of a suffragette in London.

Suffragettes marching in London to protest the first arrest of a suffragette in London.

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A century since women first won the right to vote, we have teamed up with charity Amnesty to find those in the borough who embody the suffragette spirit.

We also talk to girls and women of all ages about what feminism and equality means to them and why it is so important that women vote in elections – suffragettes made many sacrifices, losing their families, going to jail, being agonisingly force-fed and even dying so that women would have the same rights as men.

The borough’s only woman MP, Julia Lopez, explains why everyone over 18, male and female, should exercise their right to vote.

Since 1918 generations of women have continued the fight for equality.

One of the women involved in the now famous Ford strike for equal pay tells of her experience.

As part of this anniversary, Amnesty is creating a Suffragette Spirit Map of Britain and we want readers to nominate amazing women from Havering who are a symbol of the suffragettes’ legacy. See pages 12 & 13 for more details.

And at the weekend a long-running saga finally came to an end with the opening of the Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre in Romford.

The original ice rink in RomValley Way closed in 2013 and we’ve waited a long time for its replacement, suffering false dawns and wondering whether it would ever really happen.

Well, now it’s here and the crowds who turned up for the opening seem pretty impressed.

Of course, the centre is not just an ice rink – there is a swimming pool and fitness suite.

With all the fears about child and adult obesity and data showing we don’t do anywhere near enough exercise, this new Sapphire should be a jewel in Romford’s crown and encourage more people to get active in a fun way.

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