Jeremy Corbyn will return as the main speaker at the Burston Strike School Rally

Burston Strike Rally 2015, Jeremy Corbyn spoke to thousands of people who attended.

Burston Strike Rally 2015, Jeremy Corbyn spoke to thousands of people who attended. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will once again take to the stage at the Burston Strike School Rally, which takes place on Sunday.

Mr Corbyn - who is currently locked in a battle with Owen Smith for the Labour leadership - will take to the stage to address the crowds, which gather in the village from across the country, at the annual commemoration which marks the longest running strike in British history.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell was supposed to be attending but had to cancel and Mr Corbyn, a friend of the rally, has replaced him.

Last year saw a record attendance due to Mr Corbyn's appearance and Shaun Jefferies, secretary of the trustees, said he hopes it will be another record breaking year.

Mr Jefferies said: 'A lot of people were looking forward to hearing John because he is popular. But to be honest everyone would like Jeremy back and he is.

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'He is an old friend of the rally. He certainly buoyed us last year with the attendance and he will help us again this year. We hope it will be around the same or better than last year.

'There is a lot of excitement around the Labour movement. He is obviously a very busy man but he is a genuine supporter of the strike school and its history.'

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

In reaction to the strike, 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.

Confirmed speakers and performers include, Steve White and the Protest Family, the NASUWT Brass Band and Attila the Stockbroker.

New to this year's line up will be two Suffolk Punch horses who will lead the procession.

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

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