Burston Strike School Rally organisers hoping for another large gathering

The Burston Strike School Centenary Rally. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Burston Strike School Centenary Rally. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: copyright: Archant 2014

The annual commemoration to mark the longest running strike in British history is fast approaching.

The annual commemoration to mark the longest running strike in British history is fast approaching.

After a record attendance last year, organisers of the Burston Strike School Rally are hoping for similar numbers at the event which will feature an appearance from shadow chancellor John McDonnell.

It will be chaired by Clive Lewis, MP for Norwich South.

Running from 1914 until 1939 the Burston Strike started when teachers at the village's school, Annie and Tom Higdon, were sacked following a dispute with the area's school management committee. School children went on strike in their support.


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Mr and Mrs Higdon started a strike school on the village green which was attended by 66 of their 72 former pupils.

Since 1984, campaigners have gathered at the village green to remember the strike, and to speak on issues.

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Shaun Jeffery, secretary of the trustees, said last year's attendance was buoyed by the appearance of Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn.

He said: 'We had approximately 3,500 people last year and we are expecting it to be maintained around that level. John McDonnell is a bit of a pull.

'We are looking forward to it. It is an important date in the calendar not just regionally but nationally.'

The event will take place on Sunday, September 4 and other confirmed speakers and performers include, Steve White and the Protest Family, Liz Snape TUC president and NASUWT Brass Band.

The event will take place from 10.45am to 4pm at Crown Green.

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