Wonder Women Winners!

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Span Arts asked the people of Pembrokehshire for their nominations for ‘Wonder Women’; fabulous women who have changed the world in some way.  Nominations poured in for wonderful women on our doorsteps and from around the globe.

After a public vote Maya Angelou, Emmeline Pankhurst and Tanni Grey-Thompson emerged victorious.  They will be celebrated by the creation of 3 dramatic procession puppets in their likeness to lead Narberth Carnival on 28th July 2018.


Learn more about them:


Maya Angelou – International Wonder Woman

‘If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.’   



Inspirational American poet, singer, and civil rights activist. Her autobiography ‘ I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ shows how strength of character and a love of literature can help overcome racism and trauma.

b: 4/04/1928 d: 28/05/2014 (86) She was respected as a spokesperson for black people and women, and her works have been considered a defense of black culture.


Emmeline Pankhurst – National Wonder Woman

‘I am what you call a hooligan’




Notorious British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement who successfully campaigned to get women the right to vote 100 years ago. She was the founded the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), an all-women suffrage advocacy organisation dedicated to “deeds, not words”. She Visited Narberth and Haverfordwest during her campaign.


Dame Tanni-Grey Thompson – Welsh Wonder Woman

‘Aim high even if you hit a cabbage’




Hugely successful Paralympian, Tanni won 11 gold, 4 silver and a bronze over 16 years of Paralympic competition.

Born 26/07/1969 (48) as Carys Davina Grey-Thompson, her older sister Sian called her “Tiny” when she was young, and thereafter she became “Tanni”. She started wheelchair racing at 13, and won the Junior National title four years later.

A TV presenter, and board member of many sports organisations including the London Marathon and SportsAid, she was awarded a life peerage in 2010 and is a campaigner on disability rights from the House of Lords.


How can you get involved in Wonder Women?

Join a Wonder Women tribe – make your Wonder Women get-up at 2 FREE workshops during Narberth Civic Week and join the procession on the 28th July. You can make a Wonder Wand on 21st of July or make a Carnival Headdress on the 25th July.

Do your own thing – get a small group together to join the parade! Make a costume, float, decorated bicycle, pram or buggy inspired by your very own female idol. Dress up as your favourite woman and ride through the streets of Narberth on your horse/bike/scooter/roller skates, make a banner, choreograph a dance routine or set up a kazoo orchestra! Get in touch and let us know what you’re up to by emailing

Arrive at Lansker Stores for the carnival kick-off by 1:30pm on the 28th July and have the chance of winning cash prizes in one of the carnival categories!

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