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Blue Plaque

On 5th July 2022, a long awaited English Heritage Blue Plaque was unveiled in honour of the Matchgirls who took part in the 1888 Strike.
A beautiful sunny day set the theme of the day as a crowd assembled outside Bow Quarter, the old Bryant and May Factory. Speeches were led by Alex Graham from the English Heritage, followed by Bow Quarter Board Member, Liz Aitken, author of Striking A Light, Louise Raw, Sam Johnson, Great Grandaughter of Sarah Chapman, Matchgirls descendant, Robin Head, and, last but not least, Patron of The Matchgirls Memorial, Anita Dobson, said a few words and then drew open the red curtains to reveal the Blue Plaque. The ceremony finished with three rousing choruses of ‘Hang old Bryant on a Sour Apple Tree’ led marvellously by Lottie Walker.

English Heritage were keen that day was as celebration for descendants – many of whom were able to attend – Sam Johnson, Carol Watts, Robin and Alfie Head, Andy Regan and his Granddaughter, Nikki, Peter Kurton, Lottie Walker, the Lewis family, Jean Jenkins and Kevin Morton.

The Matchgirls Memorial had also run a schools poetry competition in support of the day and we were delighted to welcome 10 school children from two local schools, St. Agnes Catholic Primary School and Blue Gate Fields Primary School, who read out their winning poetry entries.

More details on the day can be found in the blog:

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