Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell to appear at Burston Strike School Rally

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell

Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell is set to appear at this year’s Burston Strike School Rally.

Last year the village green was packed with an estimated 3,000 visitors with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, at the time a contender for the role, appearing at the event.

More than 3,000 people are thought to have attended the Burston Strike Rally. ANL-150609-171946001

More than 3,000 people are thought to have attended the Burston Strike Rally. ANL-150609-171946001

The annual rally will this year be held on Sunday, September 4.

On April 1, 1914, pupils of the Burston School walked out in protest of the dismissals of Tom and Annie Higdon. Of the 72 children, 66 went on strike, which ran until 1939.

Other guests scheduled to appear is Norwich South MP Clive Lewis, Southern and Eastern Trades Union Congress (SERTUC) Regional Secretary Megan Dobney, TUC President Liz Snape and Mick Whelan, Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (ASLEF) General Secretary.

It will also feature live music and a march around the village, following the children’s original demonstration.

It still has resonance today and still has an influence

Shaun Jeffery

Shaun Jeffery, secretary to the Burston Strike School Museum Trustees and one of the organisers of this year’s rally, told the Diss Express: “We are celebrating the past but we are trying to connect it to the present as well.

“It still has resonance today and still has an influence.

“I am pretty confident we are going to hold the visitor numbers. Jeremy Corbyn brought in a lot of people last year and now they have had a taste of it, they will be coming again.”

More than 3,000 people are thought to have attended the Burston Strike Rally. ANL-150609-172141001

More than 3,000 people are thought to have attended the Burston Strike Rally. ANL-150609-172141001