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2022 Year 5 First Prize
The Boss’s Story by Ayyub

Day 1


Nobody has come. We have to give them a big fine!

Day 2

The matches aren’t gonna make themselves. Yes, they better come!

Day 3

Mmmmm, what’s this? They’re on strike?


Day 4

They want better conditions and a raise?


Day 5

They’re lucky they’re not fired!

Day 6

I’ll test the conditions. See what the fuss is about.

Day 7

It’s impossible to work here!

They’re getting a big raise and better conditions.

Right this instant!

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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.

Ayyub from Blue Gate Fields Primary School won First prize in the Year 5 category with the poem, 'The Boss’s Story'.

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