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Seeds from a Sycamore: Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival 2022:

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Seeds from a Sycamore: Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival 2022:

Seeds from a Sycamore
(The Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Tree)

by Owen Gallagher

We can’t let that Socialist plant herself
outside our factory gate.

She is taking root. Each day her ideas
tunnel into our footings.

Whatever the weather she is out there
brandishing her newspaper.

Workers are mouthing about a trade union.
Cracks are beginning to appear.

She’ll eventually topple us.
We must act. Fetch me an axe.

Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival, 15-17 July 2022: There has been an annual gathering to mark the story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs since 1930s. It began as a Sunday afternoon event with wreaths laid on the grave of James Hammett, followed by a procession of banners and speeches. Today, the annual event sees thousands of trade unionists from around the UK and the world descends on the small village of Tolpuddle in Dorset to celebrate the memory of the Tolpuddle Martyrs and the legacy they left behind.

The Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival reflects the spirit of those prepared to stand up and be counted, and for those just learning about its history. It is a joyful celebration of solidarity.

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