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2022 Year 4 Joint Third Prize
Matchgirls by Sajida

Sometimes when I talk or I am late then

I don’t get paid.

I wash, I cook and I clean.

I am small I am poor I need the


My tongue feels like a factory.

I have to work more.

My skin got better

I improved strike.

It’s tough but I got through it.

I have a mean boss.

I am very old.

I have no money.

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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 and Poet.

Sajida from Blue Gate Fields Primary School won joint Third prize in the Year 4 category with the poem, 'Matchgirls'.

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