A PRESTIGIOUS Gala event at Manchester’s Central library celebrating the 100-year anniversary of women’s right to vote, was catered for by Warrington’s Room Forty Afternoon Tea Emporium.

The spectacle was a finale celebration of ‘Women’s Word’, a multi-media life-writing project capturing women’s memories and experiences of growing, living and working in Manchester.

Room Forty played its part by serving a special vintage afternoon tea to150 guests including Emmeline Pankhurst’s granddaughter, Helen Pankhurst, Coronation Street actress, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Manchester’s Mayor, Andy Burnham.

A contemporary edition of ‘The Suffragette’, the magazine originally published by the Suffragette Movement, was unveiled on the evening.

It showcases writings and artworks produced by the ‘Women’s Words on Manchester’ project.

Jennifer Perry, owner of Room Forty Afternoon Tea Emporium, said: “I cannot express how proud I was to have been chosen to cater at this event.

“The sacrifice, tenacity and passion of the brave women of the Suffrage Movement resonates with me on such a personal level.

“I put my personal skill, passion and soul into my business and product; baking, creating, serving and delivering beautiful, hand created afternoon tea’s.

“We serve on fine vintage china, some of it as old as the original Suffrage campaign. This was a wonderful and emotional event and I was so very honoured to be a part.”