The time is coming around again for the commemoration of the Great Llanelli Railway Strike and Uprising of 1911. In August 1911 the first ever British national rail strike took place. In Llanelli mass picketing took place and troops were called in. Two men were shot dead and many injured. Our annual commemorations of these dramatic events take the form of 1) an evening of music and poetry, 2) a round-table discussion in which writers and historians discuss the events, and 3) a march through the town where wreaths are laid on the graves of the two shot men.
The ‘Poems, Pints and Music’ evening will take place on Wed 13 August in the Queen Victoria Club, 4 Queen Victoria Rd, SA15 2 TL (01554 758318) 7pm for 7.30pm. There will be songs and poems about the strike and uprising, and also about the First World War, which of course we are also marking this year. There will be an open mic session, so if you wish to take part, please give your name to the organisers.
The Forum will be at 5pm in the Council Chambers of Llanelli Rural Council, Vauxhall Buildings, Vauxhall SA15 3BD (01554 774103) (Parking nearby) The theme this year will be “Did the First World War Stop A British Revolution?” Speakers will be Aled Eirug, who is writing a book on resistance to the war, John Edwards, Rob Griffiths and Tim Evans, all of whom have written on the strike and uprising of Llanelli 1911. There will be time for questions and contributions. The Forum will be followed by a buffet and drinks.
The march, with the Cambria Marching Band and Cor Cochion choir, will assemble 12 noon Saturday 16 August at Llanelli railway station, will progress via the site of the shootings, to rally in the town centre where there will be speeches. We will continue to Box Cemetery for a wreath-laying ceremony at the graves of the shot men.
For more information, contact Tim Evans on 07962 8044 52 or Sian Caiach on 07935 0302 79. You can go on our website on : http://1911llanellirailwaystrike.org.uk
Our fundraising Musical Extravaganza was a great success – a fun night was had by all, the food was great, and we raised money towards our dream of having a mural of the 1911 rail strike put up in Llanelli. We would especially like to thank the songstresses of COR CURIAD, whose singing and harmonising, were, as always, outstanding. You can go to their Facebook page on the following link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Côr-Curiad/111706692191665, or follow them on Twitter @cor_curiad
It’s not that long now until the Rail Strike Commemorations for 2014 commence, so clear your diaries for the following:
Wed 13 August – Poems & Pints – poems & music of working class struggle and resistance – 7.30pm Queen Victoria Club, Queen Victoria Rd.
Thurs 14 August 5.00pm – ‘Did World War One stop a British Revolution?’ a debate hosted by Llanelli Rural Council, Vauxhall Buildings, Vauxhall. This will be our third annual round table discussion on the history and politics of the Llanelli Uprising and the Great Unrest. This year our panel of writers and historians will be looking at how the onset of war affected the rising wave of industrial unrest that started in 1910.
On Saturday 16 August we shall be assembling at 12 noon at the railway station for our annual march through the town centre with the Cambria Marching Band, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the graves of the shot men.
THE LLANELLI 1911 RAILWAY STRIKE COMMITTEE MEETS EVERY MONDAY AT 7.30 ON THE TOP FLOOR OF THE YORK PALACE WETHERSPOONS PUB (NEAR YMCA) – A FINE ESTABLISHMENT WHERE THEY HAVE A SELECTION OF 1911 PRINTS ON THE TOP FLOOR. IF YOU’D LIKE TO HELP US PLAN THE COMMEMORATIVE EVENTS FROM 13-16 AUGUST THIS YEAR PLEASE COME ALONG FOR A DRINK & A CHAT.