Story of Burston School strike to be told on the big screen

More than 3,000 people are thought to have attended the Burston Strike Rally. ANL-150609-171958001
More than 3,000 people are thought to have attended the Burston Strike Rally. ANL-150609-171958001

The infamous Burston School strike — which became the longest running in British history — is set to be immortalised when its story is told on the big screen.

On April 1, 1914, pupils of the 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.

It is such an inspirational story but I had found it had not been told to a wider audience — it should be

Justin Eade

And the annual rally to commemorate the strike, which runs in the village every summer, attracts visitors from all over the country — the 2015 incarnation, featuring an appearance from the Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn, witnessed 3,000 people attend.

Norwich-based production company Ohmo Entertainment will produce the film, ‘Burston’, aiming for a mid-2017 release.

The two-hour feature film will tell the story of 12-year-old Violet Potter, while producers are appealing for locals in and around the Burston area who may be interested as working as extras for the film.

It will be led by director George Moore and is written by Alice Instone-Brewer.

Executive producer Justin Eade said “I found out about the story several years ago as I am an actor myself and I was in a stage production about the Burston Strike to about 100 people. It is such an inspirational story but I had found it had not been told to a wider audience — it should be.”