We had a great day in the sunshine, listening to the speeches, reading out our poems, and having a lovely picnic!
All the winning entries have been published on the Matchgirls Memorial website. https://www.matchgirls1888.org/
See below for the 1st prize winners in Year 4 and Year 5.
My work was tough in the factory,
Aching legs and sore arms, my everyday feelings.
The girls around me, as young as 6 years old.
Cancer, spreading through our bones, devouring us each.
How we craved justice, you wouldn’t comprehend.
Gritting the few teeth we had left, we decided to take strike …
It was 1888, and our protest had been successful
Respect and freedom is what we finally received.
London, Bow, a factory of labour was finally destroyed.
So, as worthless as people thought of us, we DID make a difference and gain the appreciation we deserved.
Nobody has come. We have to give them a big fine!
The matches aren’t gonna make themselves. Yes, they better come!
Mmmmm, what’s this? They’re on strike?
They want better conditions and a raise?
They’re lucky they’re not fired!
I’ll test the conditions. See what the fuss is about.
It’s impossible to work here!
They’re getting a big raise and better conditions.
Right this instant!