The historical theme of a workers’ and trade union banners in a parade for Bridgwater Trades Union Councils’ Centenary Day on Saturday, October 19 has sparked a tremendous response from all over the West Country.
At present more than 20 banners are promised from different towns and cities and different trades and professions.
Bristol, Plymouth, West Wiltshire, Exeter, Yeovil, Weston-super-Mare, Cardiff, Gloucester and Swindon will all be represented. Banners of the General and Municipal Workers, Local Government, Civil Service, Post Office/Royal Mail, Firefighters will be there.
Famous contemporary banner maker Ed Hall of London has been commissioned to design and build a new banner for Bridgwater Trades Union Council: he will be driving through the night to present the banner for its Bridgwater debut at Cranleigh Gardens on the day.
Jimmy Rafferty, the last Secretary of the Taunton Railwaymen, and the Exeter RMT Branch have given permission for the banner of the Taunton NUR Branch – precursor of today’s RMT – to be loaned for the occasion.
Made nearly a century ago by the world-famous East London banner firm of George Tutill and Sons, this wonderful work of art, double-sided and measuring a full 10ft by 14ft, will be displayed in public for the first time in 20 years at the Baptist Chapel in St Mary St, the post-march venue for the day’s rally.
An unusual Bridgwater event that is now eagerly anticipated!
(from a press release)