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Burston Strike Rally 2013.

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The East Anglian Daily Press reports that “hundreds” attended the annual Burtson Strike Rally yesterday.

Throughout the day people heard influential speeches from Bob Crow RMT General Secretary and Richard Howitt MEP and music from the RMT Brass Band, Red Flags and Leon Rosselson.

The strike started after local teachers Annie and Tom Higdon were sacked following a dispute with the area’s school management committee after they refused to let children leave school to help with the harvest.

Children went on strike in support of their teachers and the couple started a school on the village green which was attended by 66 of their 72 former pupils.

A new school, financed by donations, was built 1917 and in The Burston Strike School continued until shortly after Tom’s death in 1939. Since its closure, the Burston Strike School has been developed into a museum.

Mike Copperwheat, trustee of the Burston Strike School, said the day had gone well.

“About 1,000 people joined in the march which was headed up by the RMT brass band which was very good.

“It’s important that we remember this event as it is a part of local history and it is a community event.

“We are looking forward to celebrating our centenary next year. We will be putting on an event at the school.”

Villagers also used the area to host a community event on Saturday night.

Campaigners meet on the first Sunday in September where they march the same route the children would have walked.

Photos (with permisison to reproduce)  from  Ann Nicholls

Burston Facebook Page – here.

The Tendance helped out on the joint Norfolk and Suffolk People’s Assembly Stall.

Sarah sold her famous jam.

The day was a great success.

A high-point was seeing Leon Rosselson.

He did a good song attacking Welfare ‘reform’.

This is my current favourite Rosselson,

Written by Andrew Coates

September 2, 2013 at 11:57 am

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  1. You could have heard a pin drop (though a lot of us were singing along in our mind’s ear) when he sang The World Turned Upside Down – magical!


    September 2, 2013 at 12:56 pm

  2. I loved that song since I first heard it, in the late 70s. A house-mate had the LP, and we played it endlessly.

    Andrew Coates

    September 2, 2013 at 3:57 pm

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