Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival in Dorset (19-21 July 2019) commemorates the Tolpuddle Martyrs, six agriculture workers who, in 1834, were arrested and sentenced to penal transportation to Australia for forming a labour union. The event is a festival of music, entertainment and political debate, and the biggest annual trade union event in the South West, which includes the famous procession of Trade Union banners through the village of Tolpuddle on Sunday. Our Union will, as usual, have a stall at the festival, alongside other sister Unions. 

The Exeter and District Trades Union Council has organised a coach which leaves Exeter for Tolpuddle on Sunday 21st July at 10am and returns around 7pm. There are spaces available (first come, first served) for our EUCU members on the luxury coach (Dartline with wc). Departure is from Belgrave Road, by the Royal Mail sorting office and it’s £10 (unwaged) or £15 (waged) for a seat, payable by BACS or Cheques. ‘Unwaged’ is defined as unemployed, retired, low paid generally (not too descriptive).

If you wish to go and spend the day at Tolpuddle taking part in one of the biggest celebrations of British Trade Unionism, please do book yourself a seat on the coach by emailing Tony Wardle from our regional TUC (Treasurer), indicating your payment preference.