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New book fills in the 'gaping holes' of the Burston Strike Rally story




Burston, Norfolk. 28 July 2018 ..Shaun Jeffery has released a new book on the Strike School, rewriting its history...Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (3322359)
Burston, Norfolk. 28 July 2018 ..Shaun Jeffery has released a new book on the Strike School, rewriting its history...Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (3322359)

Historians should forget everything they know about the Burston Strike Rally, according to an author whose book claims to tell a more accurate version of events.

Shaun Jeffery, secretary of the trustees at the Burston Strike School, set out on a mission to fill in "gaping holes" in the strike's story.

"For years, many people have made the assumption that the story was entirely understood," said the Beccles resident.

"I soon realised there was so much that people didn't understand, and things which have been established as fact turned out not to be true."

Using online sources, record offices and old copies of the Diss Express, Mr Jeffery has created a comprehensive and corrected history of the longest-running strike in history.

Beginning in 1914, village children walked out in support of teachers Tom and Kitty Hidgon, who were sacked over a conflict with the Church of England and local squirearchy.

At some 100,000 words long, The Village in Revolt: The Story of the Longest Strike in History also features never-before-seen images.

"There are people who think they know everything about the Burston school strike story," said Mr Jeffery. "People who read the book will gain a fresher and greater understanding of what happened.

"The book is not just about the event itself, it covers a broad sweep of social change in rural areas, changes in trade unionism, education and female empowerment. It's not just a book for lefties, it's a true history book."



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