The recent Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival (July 16th – 18th) bought thousands of trade unionists together in a spirit of unity and optimism. Under a Sun drenched sky, the fields of the small Dorset village played host to among others presentation from Burston. But this is by no means the first time, as the Western Gazette recorded that in the first week of September 1917 ‘…Mr Thomas George Higdon, of the Burston Strike School, was in Tolpuddle speaking on behalf of the National Union of Agricultural Workers’.
Launched at the festival was the Summer edition of the Country Standard (which has been the progressive voice of rural communities since 1935). Among the coverage the paper carried on the reprint of Tom Higdon’s pamphlet ‘Abodes without Abodes’, a piece which also provided the opportunity to highlight his lifelong commitment to decent housing.
- Posted by BurstonStrikeSchool
- On August 11, 2016