Guildhall to host International Women’s Day celebrations in Northampton

The day will also see Northampton's Inspirational Woman award announced which was won last year by unpaid first responder Cathy Goldsmith who has saved six lives

Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 10:51 am
Updated Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 10:52 am
Four of the Inspirational Woman Award nominees for 2019 were (pictured left to right) Rachel Mallows, Daphne Robinson, winner Cathy Goldsmith and Lorraine Lewis.

Families are invited to a community event celebrating International Women’s Day at the Guildhall on Saturday, 7 March.

Opening at 11am, the day’s programme will highlight this year’s theme #eachforequal with a range of activities such as stage performances, information stalls, painting in virtual reality, trailblazers quiz and virtual reality therapies.

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “International Women’s Day celebrates achievements of women across the globe and we’re so pleased to be marking it again in Northampton, with a free family event in the Guildhall.

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“There will be plenty to interest everyone, from entertainment to networking, virtual reality sessions and information about what’s going on in our town throughout the year. Come along and get involved.”

Families will be entertained throughout the day with lively singing and dance performances from groups including Northampton Rock Choir and Northampton Bharatnatyam.

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As part of the quiz trail attendees will be visiting various locations around the town centre, meet local inspiring women in tech and try exciting technology including virtual reality therapy -swimming with dolphins and painting in virtual reality.

Children under the age of eight will have the opportunity to have a fun introduction to being a detective through 'The Junior Crime Scene' sessions run by Northamptonshire Police.

Refreshments will be provided by Elsie’s Café, Northampton’s real junk food project in the Court Room.

This year’s Inspirational Woman Award winner - as voted for by the public - will be announced at 2pm. Last year the award was won by Cathy Goldsmith who is an unpaid community first responder, helping people suffering medical emergencies nearby until an ambulance arrives.

Cathy had volunteered more than 500 hours responding to emergency medical 999 calls in support of East Midlands Ambulance Service, and saved six lives, including people in cardiac arrest.