It was 100 years ago today when women won the right to vote – in Ilfracombe they celebrated the anniversary in style

Scens from the Ilfracombe suffragettes march on Tuesday, February 6 to mark the centenary of women having the vote. Picture: Tony GussinScens from the Ilfracombe suffragettes march on Tuesday, February 6 to mark the centenary of women having the vote. Picture: Tony Gussin

The 100th anniversary of women getting the vote saw a suffragettes march take to the streets of Ilfracombe yesterday (Tuesday).

On February 6, 1918, millions of women over the age of 30 were at last able to vote in a general election. Ten years later that was extended to all women over the age of 21.

To mark their decades of struggle – both peaceful and militant – a procession was held in Ilfracombe, with local women invited to join in and bear the suffragette colours of green, white and violet.

Bearing placards and defying any snowy weather, they made their way from the council offices along the High Street to the seafront.

Scens from the Ilfracombe suffragettes march on Tuesday, February 6 to mark the centenary of women having the vote. Picture: Tony GussinScens from the Ilfracombe suffragettes march on Tuesday, February 6 to mark the centenary of women having the vote. Picture: Tony Gussin

A short rally with speeches was held at the seafront and included the words of Emmeline Pankhurst, who founded the suffragette movement.

* See tomorrow’s North Devon Gazette for a very special edition dedicated to the 100th anniversary, women’s suffrage and what it means for women today.

Suffragettes march again in Ilfracombe High Street to mark 100 years of votes for women. Picture: Tony GussinSuffragettes march again in Ilfracombe High Street to mark 100 years of votes for women. Picture: Tony Gussin

Scens from the Ilfracombe suffragettes march on Tuesday, February 6 to mark the centenary of women having the vote. Picture: Tony GussinScens from the Ilfracombe suffragettes march on Tuesday, February 6 to mark the centenary of women having the vote. Picture: Tony Gussin

Scens from the Ilfracombe suffragettes march on Tuesday, February 6 to mark the centenary of women having the vote. Picture: Tony GussinScens from the Ilfracombe suffragettes march on Tuesday, February 6 to mark the centenary of women having the vote. Picture: Tony Gussin

Scens from the Ilfracombe suffragettes march on Tuesday, February 6 to mark the centenary of women having the vote. Picture: Tony GussinScens from the Ilfracombe suffragettes march on Tuesday, February 6 to mark the centenary of women having the vote. Picture: Tony Gussin

Scens from the Ilfracombe suffragettes march on Tuesday, February 6 to mark the centenary of women having the vote. Picture: Tony GussinScens from the Ilfracombe suffragettes march on Tuesday, February 6 to mark the centenary of women having the vote. Picture: Tony Gussin

Scens from the Ilfracombe suffragettes march on Tuesday, February 6 to mark the centenary of women having the vote. Picture: Tony GussinScens from the Ilfracombe suffragettes march on Tuesday, February 6 to mark the centenary of women having the vote. Picture: Tony Gussin

Scens from the Ilfracombe suffragettes march on Tuesday, February 6 to mark the centenary of women having the vote. Picture: Tony GussinScens from the Ilfracombe suffragettes march on Tuesday, February 6 to mark the centenary of women having the vote. Picture: Tony Gussin

Scens from the Ilfracombe suffragettes march on Tuesday, February 6 to mark the centenary of women having the vote. Picture: Tony GussinScens from the Ilfracombe suffragettes march on Tuesday, February 6 to mark the centenary of women having the vote. Picture: Tony Gussin

Scens from the Ilfracombe suffragettes march on Tuesday, February 6 to mark the centenary of women having the vote. Picture: Tony GussinScens from the Ilfracombe suffragettes march on Tuesday, February 6 to mark the centenary of women having the vote. Picture: Tony Gussin

Scens from the Ilfracombe suffragettes march on Tuesday, February 6 to mark the centenary of women having the vote. Picture: Tony GussinScens from the Ilfracombe suffragettes march on Tuesday, February 6 to mark the centenary of women having the vote. Picture: Tony Gussin

Scens from the Ilfracombe suffragettes march on Tuesday, February 6 to mark the centenary of women having the vote. Picture: Tony GussinScens from the Ilfracombe suffragettes march on Tuesday, February 6 to mark the centenary of women having the vote. Picture: Tony Gussin

Scens from the Ilfracombe suffragettes march on Tuesday, February 6 to mark the centenary of women having the vote. Picture: Tony GussinScens from the Ilfracombe suffragettes march on Tuesday, February 6 to mark the centenary of women having the vote. Picture: Tony Gussin

Scens from the Ilfracombe suffragettes march on Tuesday, February 6 to mark the centenary of women having the vote. Picture: Tony GussinScens from the Ilfracombe suffragettes march on Tuesday, February 6 to mark the centenary of women having the vote. Picture: Tony Gussin

Scens from the Ilfracombe suffragettes march on Tuesday, February 6 to mark the centenary of women having the vote. Picture: Tony GussinScens from the Ilfracombe suffragettes march on Tuesday, February 6 to mark the centenary of women having the vote. Picture: Tony Gussin