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Nigel Costley – West Country Rebels

Saturday 18 May 2013, 16:30 to 17:30

For generations communities around the South West organised and engaged in riot and uprising, for food, for access, for fair tax and to be heard in a society that denied most people the vote.

Women were at the centre of many of these disputes and their battle with poverty and inequality is featured along with West Country women who challenged those that kept them out and held them back. The story of West County trade unionism includes the Tolpuddle Martyrs in Dorset, the longest strike in Plymouth, the great china clay strike of 1913, ‘Black Friday’ in Bristol and the battle for rights at GCHQ in Cheltenham. This event features songs performed by Red Notes, the Bristol-based socialist choir founded in 2002

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