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Photo gallery: More than 1,000 gather to remember Burston Strike School Rally

06:00 03 September 2012

The annual Burston Strike School Rally takes place in the south Norfolk village where there were speeches, bands and the traditional march around the village.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

The annual Burston Strike School Rally takes place in the south Norfolk village where there were speeches, bands and the traditional march around the village. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Archant Norfolk

More than 1,000 people paraded through a Norfolk village yesterday to commemorate the longest strike in British history

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People marched along the rural roads of Burston, near Diss, on Sunday afternoon to remember when teachers Tom and Kitty Higdon were sacked from the Church of England County School for their trade union views. Pupils walked out in support so the Higdons and the villagers set up an alternative known as The Strike School in 1914, which ran until 1939 when Tom died.

The school building is a national symbol for trade union solidarity.

People travelled from all over the country to mark the day.

Megan Dobney, TUC regional secretary said: “There was a fantastic turnout. The day represent bravery. The reason Tom and Kitty were sacked was because they stood up for farm labourers.

“They started the school for the children and they expanded the education on offer.

“It is a reminder of the solidarity of the labour movement.”

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  • So, in effect, this was the first ever Free School in the area, set up by parents and local residents,and lauded by trade unions? How times and attitudes change, eh? :)

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