2014 Rally

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Burston strike school rally – Sunday 7 September 2014

Annual rally to celebrate the longest strike in history: Schoolchildren ‘went on strike’ in 1914 to support their teachers, sacked by the rural squirearchy for organising agricultural workers.

  • Pete Kavanagh Unite Regional Secretary, opened the Rally with the 1914 school bell, a gift to the Museum

Pete Kavanagh and bell

  • Megan Dobney SERTUC Regional Secretary
  • The NASUWT Brass Band
  • Owen Jones columnist and author

Owen Jones

  • Geoff Revell RMT
  • TheatreTrain children’s musical theatre http://www.theatretrain.co.uk/ premiered their musical performance of the Burston story “And a child shall lead them”

TheatreTrain

Audience

Thee Faction

  • Jeremy Corbyn MP

Jeremy Corbyn MP

  • Peter Medhurst and Mike Ward Burston Trustees

Peter Medhurst and Mike Ward

Roy Bailey

  •  At midday we walked the Candlestick (a Norfolk circular march) following the route taken by the children in 1914

Candlestick

  • Anne May (niece of Violet Potter, leader of the School Strike) sold out her limited edition full colour book and raised £1,000 towards the upkeep of the school building. Written with David Berwick The School of Freedom is still available in black and white (see the “Trustees” page for how to order)

Anne May

  • The Rally committee with Potter family members on the bench, dedicated to the Higdons, which was a gift from the Potter family

The Bench

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