20 April 2009 sees the big comedy night for the TolpuddleKX festival at the Cross Kings on York Way behind the station… the great news is that the funniest man alive has confirmed – John Hegley, hurray!!! Watch this space as we reveal details in the coming days……..
Monthly Archives: February 2009
25 April 2009 is the culmination of a week long festival commemorating the 175th anniversary of the great demonstration in support of the Tolpuddle Martyrs in 1834. We will march down the Caledonian Road from Caledonian Park to Edward Square where music and activities of all kinds will be headlined by Billy Bragg. Do not miss this!!!
Of all the martyrs James Hammett was released last – in 1837. Meanwhile the others moved to Essex and then to Ontario in Canada where there is now a monument in their honour and an affordable housing co-op / trade union complex named after them. They are buried in a small cemetery in Ontario. James Hammett remained in Tolpuddle. He died in the Dorchester workhouse in 1891. His family live on and regularly attend the annual Tolpuddle Festival in Dorset (to be held in July this year). We are so pleased that the Hammet family will be with us at TolpuddleKX on the day of the big march – Saturday 25 April.
South West TUC are working hard supporting the week long festival 18-25 April 2009 in King’s Cross to commemorate the great demonstration that took place here in 1834. They have donated the postcard that has been distributed far and wide promoting the festival finale, the 2009 march and music event to take place on Saturday 25th April 2009. The postcard gives all the details of the march and is now available for download here..