Hackney’s Hetty remembers the General Strike

Eighty-six years ago, Britain was in the grip of its first and only general strike – which ran from 4-13 May 1926.General Strike pic

It started with coal miners, who were fighting a long-running dispute over the introduction of longer working hours and a pay cut. Transport workers, dockers, printers and others joined the action in solidarity.

As a 20-year-old member of the Independent Labour party, Hetty Bower from Hackney in East London, supported the strikers. She is now 106 years old, but remembers it vividly.

Click here for an interview with Hatty on the BBC website.


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  3. Sheila
    16 May 2012

    Bless:-) What an interesting lady – thanks for the link.

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