Tom Potter was born in the early days of the School Strike, and baptised on the Green by lay Methodist preacher John Sutton. He was named, along with his brother George after Thomas George Higdon. Tom went on to work as a farmer locally, run the Burston Crown Inn and later the Post Office. As an active member of the National Union of Agricultural Labourers, and Strike School trustee, he was a tireless supporter of its legacy and the Higdon’s.
Recently rediscovered, and now reprinted is ‘£4.10 for the Farmworkers’ by Tom Potter, Forward by A.C.Dann (then General Secretary of the N.U.A.W) and originally published by the Country Standard. Written soon after the end of WW2 the pamphlet it charts the case, and the arguments of the farmworkers’ efforts to win £4.10 ward from the Wages Board. The pamphlet is now available at the Strike School for £3.00 (all profits going the Strike School).
- Posted by BurstonStrikeSchool
- On June 2, 2016