Posted by on July 15, 2011

Llanelli is rapidly approaching the centenary of the Great Railway Strike of 1911.

The week from Friday 12 August to Saturday 20th August will be filled with theatre, poetry, jazz and folk, a BBC documentary with Huw Edwards, culminating in a march and rally on Saturday 20 August, assembling at 12 noon at the railway station.

Here’s what we’ve got ready for you so far!


Fri. 12th August The Performing Arts Department of Coleg Sir Gâr will be performing a show based  on the strike in the grounds of Llanelli Town Hall at 6pm


Sat. 13th August Jazz Night with Wyn Lodwick and band, also supporting band in Lliedi Suite in  Selwyn Samuel Centre, 7.30pm – 1am. Tickets £12, including a choice of meal, available at Cadno Music, John Street


Mon. 15th August Poems and Pints in upstairs bar of Stamps, Station Road. 8pm until late.


Wed. 17th August Folk Night in the Club, Queen Victoria Rd. 7.30pm until late.


Thurs. 18th August – the Multi Cultural Network will be hosting an exhibition, based on 1911 strike. Lakefield Community Centre 11am – 3pm


This will be followed at 5.30 by a Round Table Forum at Llanelli Rural Council Office , Vauxhall, Llanelli with guest speakers: local historian John Edwards, author of ‘Remembrance of a Riot”, Robert Griffiths, author of ‘Killing No Murder’, Sir Deian Hopkin, historian and writer, Peter Stead, writer and broadcaster, Tim Evans, author of the article “The Great Unrest and a Welsh Town.” The speakers will discuss the strike and the uprising and their relevance today.


Fri. 19th August

2pm unveiling of plaque commemorating the fallen on Union Bridge.


Huw Edwards to introduce a documentary on the strike at Theatr Elli to an invited audience: organised by Carms. County Council. Contact Carmarthenshire CC for further details of this.


Sat. 20th AugustMarch and Rally. Assemble at 12.00 noon at Llanelli railway station, moving off at 12.30pm. March to town centre for rally. Speakers to include Bob Crow, General Secretary RMT,  other TUC representatives, Nia Griffith MP, Keith Davies AM and others.  Then moving on to Box Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony.


Later that afternoon at 4pm there will be a free showing of the documentary in the Entertainment Centre. And Llanelli Youth Theatre will perform a sketch from ‘1911 – Remembrance of a Riot’ in Church Hall, Hall St. at 7.30pm. An Informal evening in the Club, Victoria Rd., 8.30pm till very late will then ensue.




  1. gillian elsden

    I am a first cousin twice removed of john henry john and will be in llanelli in centenary week. I understand there is to be an unveiling of a plaque – would you give me more details please
    Many thanks Gillian Elsden

    • ruthprice

      I think the plaque you are referring to is the one on Union Bridge. It was put up over a year ago, so you can see it any time! There were set to be plans to “officially” unveil it on Fri 19 Aug but we believe that might be taking place on a different date now, and unfortunately don’t have any further details. You can find all the other planned events that the 1911 Railway Strike Committee are aware of, on the Events section of this website. It’d be great if you could attend the march and ceremony on 20 Aug at the very least, especially as you are related to John Henry John.

      • johnrossiter

        The date of the unvailing of the plaque has not been changed,August 19th. 14.00. Union Bridge

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