100 red parasols raised in celebration for International Women’s Day

Red parasols stand out at Cromer Pier after a parade of 100 women celebrate International Women's Da

Red parasols stand out at Cromer Pier after a parade of 100 women celebrate International Women's Day. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Although the thought of women strolling with parasols by the seaside might evoke Victorian times, yesterday's event on Cromer's seafront could not have been more progressive.

Red parasols stand out on Cromer Pier as 100 women get together to parade for International Women's

Red parasols stand out on Cromer Pier as 100 women get together to parade for International Women's Day. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Esplanade: A Procession for Women saw 100 women and girls carrying red parasols parade along the foreshore to mark International Women's Day in a spirit of celebration, pride and unity.

The parade was organised by Dr Sarah Lowndes as part of an arts venture called Kunsthalle Cromer.

Dr Lowndes said: 'We're all gathering together to celebrate the International Women's Day theme of 'press for progress'. It's about empowering women to come out and gather together and demonstrate their sisterhood.'

The parade also marked the centenary of some women - those who were householders over the age of 30 - getting the vote in Britain.

Red parasols stand out on Cromer Pier as 100 women get together to parade for International Women's

Red parasols stand out on Cromer Pier as 100 women get together to parade for International Women's Day. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018


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Dr Lowndes said she got the idea for the project after reading about a visit to Cromer by Elisabeth of Bavaria - also known as Sisi - who became Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary when she married Franz Joseph I in 1854.

Dr Lowndes said: 'She was a non-conformist who didn't take well to court life; preferring instead to absent herself to go riding and hunting and to travel widely.

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'When Elisabeth visited Cromer she was 50 years old, and deeply concerned for her safety due to the growing anarchist movement in Europe - perhaps she came to Cromer seeking some peace.

'She spent many long hours on the beach, reading and staring out to sea.'

Red parasols stand out at Cromer as 100 women get together to parade for International Women's Day.

Red parasols stand out at Cromer as 100 women get together to parade for International Women's Day. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

But Elisabeth met a tragic fate - she was assassinated in Geneva, 10 years later.

Liz Bass, one of the participants, said she was also moved after hearing about Elisabeth's visit to Cromer. She said: 'When I read the story of who she was and what happened to her I was fascinated with it. It's got very romantic connotations.'

Also taking part was Alison Howe, representing the Norwich-based group community interest company ArtatWork.

She said International Women's Day was a reminder of how much things were changing.

Red parasols stand out at Cromer as 100 women get together to parade for International Women's Day.

Red parasols stand out at Cromer as 100 women get together to parade for International Women's Day. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

She said: 'In times past women were always the underdogs - doing the cooking, cleaning, looking after the children. But more and more, we're getting our voices back and we're being heard.'

Councillor Hilary Cox with her red parasols at Cromer as 100 women get together to parade for Intern

Councillor Hilary Cox with her red parasols at Cromer as 100 women get together to parade for International Women's Day. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Red parasols stand out at Cromer as 100 women get together to parade for International Women's Day.

Red parasols stand out at Cromer as 100 women get together to parade for International Women's Day. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Red parasols stand out at Cromer as 100 women get together to parade for International Women's Day.

Red parasols stand out at Cromer as 100 women get together to parade for International Women's Day. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Red parasols stand out at Cromer as 100 women get together to parade for International Women's Day l

Red parasols stand out at Cromer as 100 women get together to parade for International Women's Day led by organiser Dr Sarah Lowndes, front right. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Red parasols stand out at Cromer as 100 women get together to parade for International Women's Day.

Red parasols stand out at Cromer as 100 women get together to parade for International Women's Day. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Orla Goodson, ten, ready to parade with her mum and the red parasols at Cromer as 100 women get toge

Orla Goodson, ten, ready to parade with her mum and the red parasols at Cromer as 100 women get together for International Women's Day. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Ready to parade with their mums and their red parasols at Cromer as 100 women get together for Inter

Ready to parade with their mums and their red parasols at Cromer as 100 women get together for International Women's Day. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Friends Dottie Robinson, left, five, and Dolly Layte, five, ready to parade with their mums and thei

Friends Dottie Robinson, left, five, and Dolly Layte, five, ready to parade with their mums and their red parasols at Cromer as 100 women get together for International Women's Day. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Dottie Robinson, five, ready to parade with her mum and with their red parasols at Cromer as 100 wom

Dottie Robinson, five, ready to parade with her mum and with their red parasols at Cromer as 100 women get together for International Women's Day. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Ready to parade with their red parasols at Cromer as 100 women get together for International Women'

Ready to parade with their red parasols at Cromer as 100 women get together for International Women's Day. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Ready to parade with their red parasols at Cromer as 100 women get together for International Women'

Ready to parade with their red parasols at Cromer as 100 women get together for International Women's Day. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Sitting out of the wind behind their red parasols ready for the parade at Cromer as 100 women get to

Sitting out of the wind behind their red parasols ready for the parade at Cromer as 100 women get together for International Women's Day. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

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