100 Years of Hard Labour

Hard Labour

Sunday 9th July 2017, 10 am to 11 pm

Saltburn House

A celebration of 100 years of Labour in the area.

This date commemorates the inaugural meeting of the Labour Party in Cleveland, as a constituency organisation.

Join us to celebrate – with a variety of events, both social and informative, throughout the day.

Daytime events and talks are free.

Just lunch (£10) or afternoon tea (£6) and bar drinks to pay for, if desired.

The Day’s Events

The Morning


10am – The Story of the Great Iron Rush to Cleveland

Slapewath Ironstone Mine

The Great Iron Rush to Cleveland will tell the story of how the ironstone miners fought to establish a trade union and develop a political voice; including extracts from Craig Hornby’s acclaimed film, “A Century in Stone”.


Craig Hornby, Saltburn-based film-maker & NESTA Fellow
Tony Nicholson, retired Principal Lecturer in History at Teesside University & National Teaching Fellow

11am – The Eighth Plinth Campaign and Issues of Female Representation

A big demonstration in support of the International Labour Policy on Spain was held in Trafalgar Square. Ellen Wilkinson, Member of Parliament, addressing the huge meeting in Trafalgar Square in London, on July 11, 1937. (AP Photo)

Emma Chesworth, Nort-East based activist, a former journalist and founder of the eighth plinth campaign to commission the first statue of a woman in Middlesbrough will speak about her campaign and wider issues of female representation.


Emma Chesworth, Feminist, Agitator, Campaigner

12 noon – The Great War and the Left

Geoff will talk about the Left during the Great War.


Geoff Watkins, retired Principal Lecturer in History at Teesside University

Other Activities

We will have a number of other activities happening throughout the morning, including music of the era organised by Saltburn Branch member, Nick Thorne.


12pm – 2pm

There will be a 1917 themed Sunday Lunch, which will cost £10 for two courses

The Afternoon


Sessions take place in two rooms, each with a capacity of 60 people. Please select one session to attend per time-slot.

1pm – Labour Voices (Lounge)

Local writer, Linda Innes, will host and present readings and discussion of local Labour members’ life stories – and what brought them to the Labour Party.


Linda Innes and others

2pm – Why was 1917 such a pivotal year?

Speaker: Richard Lewis, Head of History & Deputy Dean of the School of Arts and Media, Teesside

2pm – Laura Pidcock MP

Laura Pidcock MP


Laura Pidcock, newly elected Labour MP for North West Durham

3pm – The Jewel Streets of Saltburn

Jennie by the Pier
Based on census records, original documents and personal research, Jennie Finch gives an insight into the people who lived in the seven Jewel Streets of Saltburn. Stories and personal details are combined to bring to life some of the earliest inhabitants of Saltburn who lived and worked in one of the original areas of the town.


Jennie Finch, Local Author

4pm – The Marske Branch of the Labour Party in 1960s

Mayor of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock
By German Embassy London – Mayor of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=56657474

Sir Steve Bullock, Labour Mayor, Lewisham

Afternoon Tea & Music of the Era

Throughout the afternoon we will be serving afternoon tea (cost £6) and a local ensemble will be playing – in the bar – live music of the era.

An Evening of Music for Hard Labour


Red Sky

“Sunsets have never sounded more delightful” Saltburn Folk Club

Red Sky is a duo based in North East England. Husband and wife Damian and Angie perform well known popular covers alongside some original material. Damian and Angie have been performing as a duo for the last 2 years and have played at a number of events and venues in the local area.

Steve Dagleish

Inspired by the craftsmanship of songwriters Neil Young, John Martyn & Nick Drake, Hull-born, London-resident (Saltburn was his family home for the majority of his teenage years) Steve now performs his original songs, interpretations of ‘trad’ and modern songs, at folk clubs, music venues and festivals. A second album of original work, ‘Yours for Eternity’ written ‘on the road’ and recorded in his home ‘studio’, was released at the end of October, following a sold-out London launch and was nominated by FolkWords in their ‘Best Album by a Male Artist’ category [2016]. The third album of original work, an album of songs written by Graeme Miles, mostly based on or around the river Tees and an album of ‘traditional’ folk songs, are all currently in progress.

Doc Noir

“Doc Noir summon the healing power of music from the darkness into the light.”

Saltburn based band who perform original and traditional songs with an edge, they released their 1st album in 2016, expect themes of conflict, death and protest but also of redemption and love.

Book Tickets

Tickets are £7 and can be booked via the organiser Tony Warren.

or from the Book Corner at 24 Milton Street.

The Venue

Saltburn House, Marine Parade, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire, TS12 1DE
Call +44 (0) 1287 622 008 / Email saltburnholidaycentre@hotmail.co.uk