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2022 Year 4 First Prize
Matchgirls by Asiya

My work was tough in the factory,

Aching legs and sore arms, my everyday feelings.

The girls around me, as young as 6 years old.

​Cancer, spreading through our bones, devouring us each.

How we craved justice, you wouldn’t comprehend.

Gritting the few teeth we had left, we decided to take strike …

It was 1888, and our protest had been successful

​Respect and freedom is what we finally received.

London, Bow, a factory of labour was finally destroyed.

So, as worthless as people thought of us, we DID make a difference and gain the appreciation we deserved.

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On 5th July 2022, a new English Heritage Blue Plaque was unveiled at Bow Quarter (the old Bryant and May Factory) to commemorate the Matchgirls Strike of 1888. 

The Matchgirls Memorial ran a schools poetry competition to celebrate the unveiling. 

Judges were Alice Trickey-Roberts, English Heritage Education Visits Officer, Tanya Landman, Author, Emma Purshouse, Writer and Poet. 

Asiya from Blue Gate Fields Primary School won First prize in the Year 4 category with the poem, 'Matchgirls'.

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