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Burston strike school festival

by Tom Woodcock
Issue No. 2218

Hundreds of trade unionists and activists descended on the Norfolk village of Burston on Sunday to celebrate the longest strike in history.

Speakers at the rally included Tony Benn, Christine Blower (NUT general secretary), and Labour leadership contenders Ed Balls and Diane Abbott.

Radical teacher Kitty Higdon and her husband, Tom, were sacked in 1914. Sixty six of their 72 students came out on strike to support them. The Higdons established an alternative school, for the students which kept going until 1939.

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Tue 7 Sep 2010, 17:52 BST
Issue No. 2218
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