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2024 Year 6 First Prize
We Will Set This Factory Alight by Amber

Strike, strike, strike. Fight, fight, fight.
We will set this factory alight!

When we saw what we saw,
Our jaws hit the floor - a girl was being fined.
She needed the loo but she had no clue
What consequences she would go through.

5th July 1888, they would create a crazy state.
They walked out the door, leaving behind phossy jaw,
And fought for their rights.

“No more” We shall shut the door.
We can’t do this, no more, no more.
“You silly girls”; Go and do some twirls,
Bounce, bounce, bounce, go your curls.
“No! You are taking money out of our wage
Just to build a statue so you’re centre stage.

If you continue this way,
We will leave here without delay.
If one of us were to go,
We will all follow.
We will set the world alight.

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5th July 2024 saw the 136th anniversary of the Matchgirls Strike. To mark the occasion, The Matchgirls Memorial took part in the William Patten Primary School morning assembly.
Prizes were presented to the winners of this years school poetry competition. Our judges this year were Tanya Landman, Author, Debbie Rolls, Educator, Freelance Writer and Unionist, and Dr Anna Robinson, Senior Lecturer at the University of East London (UEL) and Poet.
Amber won First Prize in the Year 6 category with the poem, 'We Will Set This Factory Alight'.

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