Mawnan WI organised a procession on Sunday (June 11) marking 100 years since the day that women were given the power to vote in the UK.

A total of 130 marchers took part in the event which involved WI members; families and friends; Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and their leaders; women from the village and holiday makers.

The march started in The Square in Mawnan Smith and ended in Trebah Garden.

Sally Annan, Mawnan WI President, thanked everyone who had contributed to the success of the day. “We are very pleased to have been able to celebrate the 100 years of some women being able to vote.

"This was the beginning of the journey towards universal suffrage for both men and women which was achieved in 1928."

Many of those involved wore costumes or suffragette colours and displayed the rosettes, sashes, placards and ribbon poles which they had made together a few weeks earlier.

The procession left The Square led by The Suitcase Singers who sang songs which would have been known to the original suffragettes. Along the way they were cheered on by supporters.

Trebah Gardens generously agreed to allow the procession to re-group in the amphitheatre where Claire Ingleheart spoke briefly about the centenary celebrations and The Suitcase Singers entertained everyone with some songs focussing on some famous Cornish women.

Refreshments were provided by Trebah Gardens and some of the participants enjoyed their own picnics.