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2022 Year 4 Second Prize
Matchgirls by Lanika

Match factory of Bryant and May

Six year old girls

Worked twelve hours a day for little pay.

Exposed to white phosphorus

Little did they know

It was painfully cancerous.

Six days a week

Losing their teeth

How could they speak?

Women and girls went on a strike,

Demanded for a change

And fought for their Rights.

Girls got the attention of the people

Within twelve days, bosses agreed to everything

And it was fair and equal.

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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.

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

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