Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Marching On

It's the Tolpuddle Martyrs Trade Union march again this weekend in the small village in Dorset that bears its name. Once again we'll have two 'ships' over the top with banners for different Trade Unions, Joe Mann's 'Community' and Bob Crow's 'RMT.' I find it a little ironic that the Trades Union movement relies heavily on a Conservative-leaning pilot but they don't seem to mind and last weekend I had a banner flying over the annual Durham Miners march. 

Sunday's march recalls the events of 1834, when six farm workers from the tiny village of Tolpuddle in Dorset were sentenced to seven years' transportation, a massive protest swept across the country. Thousands of people marched through London and many more organised petitions and protest meetings to demand their freedom. 

Blogging in these peak summer months is a bit of a challenge because it's hard to find the time or indeed the enthusiasm when it get hot. Last Saturday, I was dragging a banner for Tradeshop, a local business over the beaches and the fair at Quex park in the morning and Thanet could have been somewhere on the Mediterranean coast of France, basking in the heat below. A couple of hours later, over at Bournemouth, it was still very hot but to be honest, I think our beaches are better! 

I'm probably going to be blogging intermittently for a while now so expect some long gaps before the autumn.

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