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Fruitcake & Flagpoles

by Mark Powell

An original radio play with professional actors and members of Prime Youth Theatre. Available on BBC Sounds HERE

In July 1919 the country celebrated the official end of the First World War, but in Swindon the festivities turned sour. For three days, hungry and disillusioned ex-servicemen took to the streets, rioting and setting alight the Town Hall's expensive new flagpole.

In July 2020 Prime Theatre joined forces with arts and heritage organisations to provide a day of free activities at Swindon’s Central Library and old town hall. Members of the public commemorated the town’s 1919 Peace Riots through archive tours, exhibitions, community performances and the unveiling of a new Peace Day flag. Those who attended events were given replica 1919 certificates of thanks and refreshments.

Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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