Kept apart but still marching together
The Sunday procession is a highlight of the Festival.
Since the 1930s trade unionists from across the country have gathered to march through Tolpuddle with glorious banners. They did this to commemorate the martyrs and recognise the success brought by hundreds of thousands of trade unionists marching in London to secure the pardon and release of the six Dorset farm workers.
Unions from across the country (and the world) continue to gather in the tiny village of Tolpuddle, with marching bands, choirs and banners to repeat the steps so many have taken before them. Unfortunately, the virus pandemic means we have had to alter our plans for a procession.
Instead, we are organising a VIRTUAL PROCESSION. LIVE and online.
The details are the same: Sunday 19th July at 2.00pm.
We'll all be in a different place. At home. Together.
Here is how you can get involved
We want as many of our Tolpuddle friends to post their banners, or pictures of banners, or even picture of you at one of the processions, at 2.00pm on our Facebook Group or Twitter feed using the #BannersAtTolpuddle
What better way to commemorate the value of solidarity than to 'march' across the world - without even leaving our homes!
Here's how you join.
1. Find a picture of a banner
Hunt out that picture of your trade union's banner (or union branch, or trades council banner).
Don't have one? Find a picture of you at one of the Tolpuddle processions through the years. We'd love to see you again!
Why not get the kids involved and ask them to design their own banner.
2. Join the Tolpuddle Martyrs Facebook group
Before the Virtual Procession, you should join the Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival Facebook Group. To be able to post or comment on the live show, you must be a member.
3. On the day... get posting #BannersAtTolpuddle
The Tolpuddle Virtual Procession will go live on Sunday 19th July at 2.00pm BST. Simply open a comment or post, click the camera icon and attach your picture. Don't forget to use #BannersAtTolpuddle
And if you don't have Facebook, join us on Twitter @TolpuddleFest and post your banners using #BannersAtTolpuddle.