A commemorative plaque marking the fight for equality and the suffragette movement has been unveiled.

The Mayor of Enfield, Christine Hamilton, unveiled the historic plaque at Palmers Green Triangle on Thursday – on the very spot where in June 1914 a group of suffragettes attempted to hold a meeting to campaign for the right to vote.

At the time a crowd of hostile men attempted to break up the meeting and mounted police were called to restore order.

More than 100 years later, those angry scenes were re-enacted by volunteers and historians from the borough, including Enfield Council’s cabinet member for Community, Arts and Culture, Yasemin Brett.

Ms Brett said: “We are incredibly proud of Enfield’s role in the suffrage movement. Palmers Green, Winchmore Hill and Southgate in particular were strong centres for activity.

“Many leading lights of this struggle – women and men – visited the area to make the case for equal voting rights and to help the movement further. We have come a long way since then.

“One hundred years on and all women can now vote in the UK. Without the grit, determination and full belief in equality of the suffragettes, I would not be able to stand here today with my colleagues to mark International Women’s Day and honour the ongoing work of many inspiring women in Enfield.”

Cllr Brett also mentioned the #MyVoteEnfield campaign, which aims to help all residents who are eligible to register to vote. With local elections scheduled to take place on May 3, adults in Enfield are being urged to check that their names are on the electoral register.

The voting theme was explored further at an event at Palmers Green Library following the unveiling ceremony. Enfield’s Youth Parliament gave a speech on the importance of voting from a young person’s perspective and they were joined by other speakers.