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“Women can achieve so many things”: ECM members celebrate the inspirational women in their lives

PUBLISHED: 16:14 09 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:14 09 March 2018

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

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

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It was International Women’s Day this week, so we turned to our Enjoy Cromer More facebook members to ask them which ladies in their community inspired them.

Ricky's cat, who's still going strong despite her ailments. Picture: Ricky Tommy OssittRicky's cat, who's still going strong despite her ailments. Picture: Ricky Tommy Ossitt

But not only did our Cromerians nominate each other, they also posted motivational messages and celebrated what it meant to be a woman.

Jane Javis nominated Emma Spagnola. She said: “For her relentless campaigning for Changing Places, for introducing Mobiloo to Cromer, for having the courage to take on the system, for being a brilliant mum/wife/daughter - and an awesome friend too.”

Emma responded: “Thank you so much, to another fab wife and mum, who adds an awesome councillor to her repertoire, and someone who has backed me with my campaigning from the start.”

Kay Missp nominated Kt Stowe: “For being strong, independent and always following her heart! For standing up for who she wants to be and having the courage to support others to do the same!”

Kt wrote: “Thank you so much Kay that’s lovely! Boobs are a heavy burden and we all need to stand together. You make me feel the same you courageous peach.”

Kay added: “Women can achieve so many things, but to do that we have to be comfortable in our skin. Strong and confident; the foundations for success. And that it’s those foundations you’re helping women to put down.”

Emma Jane Peck wrote: “My beautiful nanny. She passed away about 5 years ago now after losing her battle to cancer after the 5th time. Strongest woman I ever knew.”

Ricky Tommy Ossitt wrote: “My cat! She’s had so many things wrong with her, but she’s still going strong!”

Andreas Yiasimi said: “It’s got to be Mama, how on earth did she bring up four lively boys and my beautiful sister Maria, sometimes against extortionate odds. She arrived from Cyprus in 1955, in London’s robust East End where she met Papa.

“Being the eldest I recall our humble domain, laughter, tears and joy.

“She taught us to respect the country that gave us so much and her guidance a rock. Working all hours, however, love reigned supreme, it provided the solid foundation of a remarkable story.”

Tabi Farrow wrote: “My mother, Alison, because she’s absolutely awesome and has always been hugely inspirational to me. I feel very lucky that she’s my mummy.”

Amanda Ann Lawn nominated Ann Northgraves: “For all she does for Age UK and other charities. One in a million.”

Michelle Hewett agreed: “Yep good choice Amanda.”

Catherine Yourin wrote: “My daughter Jessica Alice Emily. Her skills are being loving to me, her Mummy.”

Matthew Mills joked: “Aunt Bessie. Without her I’d have to make my own roast spuds and Yorkshire puds.”

Ness Jay Cooper added:” Niki Senior for her amazing work with animals as well as humans.

“And Donna-michele Hammersley Smith-Howell for her inspirational exercise clips and other self help stuff.”

And Sue Pringle nominated ECM reporter Ellie Pringle for perseverance.

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