Friday, 18 March 2016

18th March 2016 - Remember the Tolpuddle Martyrs

Thought for the day: "Middle age is when you still believe you'll feel better in the morning. "

Today in farm labourers from Tolpuddle, Dorset were sentenced to be transported to Australia for seven years for forming the first trade union and introducing collective bargaining for better wages.

There was such an outcry that they were pardoned two years after sentencing and allowed to return to England.

The annual Tolpuddle Martyrs' festival is held in the village of Tolpuddle in the third weekend of July. Each year a wreath is laid at the grave of James Hammett, one of the martyrs.

I will drink to that

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