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We can’t let the anniversary of the Burston School Strike pass without acknowledgement. Here are some photos from recent years – and a reminder of what its all about.

The Burston Strike School Rally is held on the first Sunday in September on Church Green, Burston, near Diss, Norfolk.

The Rally is cancelled for 2020 due to Covid 19. However, we can look forward to Sunday Sept 5th 2021 for the opportunity to meet each other again, under our Central Suffolk North Ipswich Labour Party banner – take part in the march, ‘walk the walk’ in the footsteps of the children and their parents in 1914, visit the school museum, enjoy speakers, music, poetry, food and  stalls set out by Socialist interest groups – the chance to be re-inspired by each other and unite further in our commitment to equality, justice and freedom.

The rally  celebrates the longest strike in British history, when the school children of Burston went on strike from 1914 to 1939 in support of their teachers, Tom and Annie Higdon, who were sacked by the local school management committee of land owners and the church.

The Higdons had complained about conditions in the school, particularly the dampness, inadequate heating and lighting and general unhygienic conditions and that the children were pulled out of school to work on local farms.

After the Higdons were sacked, the children went on strike and a new strike school was built by the Labour movement, with International donations. It was a village school until 1939.

The rally is extremely well  organised by the school trustees and ‘Unite’ the Union. The relationship between schools and their community has again become the frontline for debate about what matters, and who decides. This debate will no doubt continue in to 2021.


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