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Llanelli marchers remember 1911 strike

Events mark uprising that followed the deaths of two men shot by Churchill's troops


A march to commemorate the deaths of two men killed in the first ever national rail strike in the UK gets underway in Llanelli this afternoon.

John John and Leonard Worzel were shot by Churchill's troops on this day in 1911. Several others were wounded.

That led to the Llanelli uprising.

Tim Evans is the Secretary of the committee that organises the commemorations.

"On this day every year we have a march from the railway station, we stop at the house where the men were shot a. we have a little ceremony there where I read the riot act and everyone boos me, than we head up into the town centre."

One of the men to be shot by police cracking down hard on those picketing in the town was  John John, known locally as Jack. He was about 21 years old. The second man was Leonard Worzel. He was an Englishman looking for work, even though he had TB and was something of a bystander.

Tim explained why the event organisers had turned the commemorations into an annual festival over the last eight years:

"Its an important part of our working class history. And its a working class history for which two man had to die."

Speakers this year will include representatives from unions along with Assembly Members Mike Hedges and Helen Mary Jones. Hussein Said, from Stand Up To Racism will also be addressing the event.

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