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Historic chainmakers parade through Cradley Heath streets - in pictures

By Charlotte Callear | In photos | Published:

Actors took visitors back in time to a historic battle fought by women for minimum wage.

High Street in Cradley Heath was alive with actors dressed in clothes from the 1900s carrying picket signs for The Women Chainmakers' Festival on Saturday.

Cradley Heath is the heart of where the chainmakers worked, lives and fought for minimum wage in their sector.

The group stood up for their right to earn a living wage in 1910 led by the founder of the National Federation of Women Workers, Mary Macarthur. Their ten week strike successfully established the right to a minimum wage.

To celebrate the day, organised by midlands TUC, families enjoyed market stalls, fun fair rides, speeches, street theatre, music and debate.

There was also face painting and a banner parade.

The event is part of the fifth year of the annual Black Country Festival, which kicked-off last weekend, and comes ahed of Black Country Day on July 14.

Charlotte Callear

By Charlotte Callear
@CCallear_Star

Reporter based at the Express & Star's Wolverhampton head office

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