Suffolk Punches to lead the ‘candlestick’ march at this year’s Burston Strike Rally

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

Two “majestic” Suffolk Punches will lead a procession around the ‘candlestick’ at this year’s Burston Strike Rally.

The annual event commemorates the longest strike in history, which will take place on Sunday, September 4.

Jeremy Corbyn at last year's Burston Strike Rally.

Jeremy Corbyn at last year's Burston Strike Rally.

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.

A feature of the festivities is a march around the ‘candlestick’ by visitors, the route of the children’s original demonstration.

Shaun Jeffrey, secretary to the Burston Strike School Museum Trustees and one of the organisers of the rally, told the Diss Express: “Suffolk Punches are traditional working horses of the land in Norfolk and Suffolk, so they help to join the raw heritage of the Burston Strike Rally. We want to bring these aspects through, and we also appreciate that a lot of people like the animals.

“They are very majestic animals and are an attraction in themselves.”

They are very majestic animals and are an attraction in themselves

Shaun Jeffrey

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.

A number of guests are scheduled to appear, including ASLEF general secretary Mick Whelan.

Musical entertainment on the day will be provided by Steve White and the Protest Family, Red Flags, the NASUWT Brass Band, and the Banner Theatre 1st May Band, while performance poet Attilla the Stockbroker is due to perform, as well as renowned poet, humourist and musician John Hegley.

For more information visit www.burstonstrikeschool.wordpress.com/2016-rally