Trades union council members from Fenland take part in annual rally

Trade unionists from Fenland took their banners to an annual rally at the weekend. Picture: NICK WIL

Trade unionists from Fenland took their banners to an annual rally at the weekend. Picture: NICK WILLIAMS - Credit: Archant

Trade unionists from Fenland took their banners to an annual rally at the weekend.

Trade unionists from Fenland took their banners to an annual rally at the weekend. Picture: NICK WIL

Trade unionists from Fenland took their banners to an annual rally at the weekend. Picture: NICK WILLIAMS - Credit: Archant

The Wisbech, March & District Trades Union Council joined the Burston Strike School near Diss.

The school was founded after much-loved teachers Annie and Tom Higdon were unfairly sacked in 1914.

Children walked out in protest then marched round the village, a march which every year is commemorated by hundreds of people.

Villagers stood by their children and as the story of Burston spread, supporters around the world set up a new school so that education could continue.

Trade unionists from Fenland took their banners to an annual rally at the weekend. Picture: NICK WIL

Trade unionists from Fenland took their banners to an annual rally at the weekend. Picture: NICK WILLIAMS - Credit: Archant


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The strike became the longest-running in British history lasting until 1939 and today the school building is a monument and museum.

The unionists were also at this year's St George's Day Fayre in March handing out purple ribbons.

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The ribbons, marking the international symbol of workers memorial which remembers those killed or injured at work, were given to around two people to wear at the town celebration.

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