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Tolpuddle 2012

9 May 2012

The Tolpuddle Festival 2012 13-15 July

On 24th February 1834, six farm labourers from Tolpuddle were arrested on a charge of taking part in an illegal oath ceremony. The real offence was that they dared to form a trade union to defend their livelihoods. For this they were sentenced to seven years’ transportation to the penal colonies of Australia. The sentences provoked an immense outcry, leading to the first great mass trade union protest. The campaign won free pardons and the Martyrs’ returned to England. It was an historic episode in the struggle for trade union rights in Great Britain and around the world.

What happens at the festival?

The Tolpuddle Festival is a gathering of trade union members to celebrate the work of the trade union movement. It is an opportunity to celebrate victories and push on going campaigns. It is also a chance to meet new people and catch up with old friends with the social events. And, as ever 2012 will have a great mix of music to suit all tastes.

With family friendly events throughout the weekend Tolpuddle is an ideal event to take the kids to.

See here for full listings for the weekend.

TSSA’s presence at Tolpuddle

TSSA will be holding a stall for the weekend from Friday the 13th July through to Sunday the 15th and are looking for volunteers to assist.

This will involve talking to the public about the campaigns that TSSA are currently running and trying to get people to sign up to campaigns and Together for Transport.

If you are interested in coming along to help or just to visit please email to register or get more info.

How much does it cost?

Weekend pass: Adult - £25; Child (5-15) - £5; Under 5 -free

Day passes (only needed Friday and Saturday) Adult £10; Child (5-15) £5; Under 5 - free Free admission for all on the Sunday

Camping each tent £15 – each camper van £25

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