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Braunston Narrow Boat Strike 90Th Anniversary

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Ninetieth Anniversary

1923 Braunston Canal Boat Strike

Celebration Committee

Acting Secretary Peter Frost

15 Brindley Quays, Braunston, Daventry, NN11 7AN

Tel; 01788 890980

[email protected]

Dear Boater and Canal fan

 

This August sees an important date in the history both of the English canals and the village of Braunston.

 

In the late summer of 1923, ninety years ago, forty or fifty canal families used their boats to block the canal at Braunston, a Northamptonshire canal-side village between Daventry and Rugby.

 

It was the first major strike on the English canal system. Its aim to oppose more wage cuts for boat crews.

 

Heroically the canal workers stayed out for fourteen hard weeks. They reduced the wage cuts and established the right to belong to a union.

 

A group of local people and canal enthusiasts have got together to organise a picnic and event at 3pm on Tuesday 13th August in the Stop House Garden in Braunston to celebrate this important milestone in all our histories.

 

We have the support of the Braunston Canal Society, The Canal and Rivers Trust, Braunston Marina and many other local bodies.

 

There will be short guided walks, music and a rally. Bring a picnic Gongoozlers will open specially for teas and snacks. Admission is free.

 

If you would like to join us or can help in any way we would be delighted to hear from you. We have flyers and window posters if you can help publicise the event.

 

Best Wishes

Peter Frost

This event is publicised By Scrumpylurcher and Braunston Canal Society

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Boats blocking the canal at Braunston....... sounds like the historic boat gathering parade 2 years ago!

Sounds good though.

Dan

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Boats blocking the canal at Braunston....... sounds like the historic boat gathering parade 2 years ago!

Sounds good though.

Dan

I thought they did that every yearcaptain.gif

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This looks interesting

The boatmans life was hard & those familys involved suffered hard to gain their rights.

I for one will be there in memory of my Grandad , G Grandad & GG Grandad who all took

part in the 1923 boatmans strike.

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WE shall be pleased to welcome anyone on the day, particularly if they have memories or pictures that can be shared. I believe it is important to remember these events and to record those memories, they are too easily lost.

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