The “Bag Dirt” Strike – Bread & Soup

August 1902

Mexborough & Swinton Times – Friday 08 August 1902

Bread & Soup

This week 8,000 loaves of bread have been distributed from the two branch rooms, the Station Hotel, Conisboro’, and the Masons’ Arms, Doncaster Road. This is one thousand more than was distributed last week. The cost of the bread was defrayed from the subscriptions collected by the men and from grants made by the workmen at other collieries. At Denaby Main and Conisbro’ the various agencies for supplying food to the children have continued the necessary work, and additional help has been given in this direction by Mr. Taylor, of the Castle Inn, Conisboro’ who has supplied a large quantity of soup and bread.

The strike pay of 9s. per man with an allowance of a shilling for each child will be distributed for the third week in succession today (Friday). The local officials anticipate very soon to receive considerable additional help in the form of voluntary levies throughout the district.

Meanwhile the men generally maintain the good behaviour which had  characterised them since the commencement of the stoppage, and they are evidently firmly determined to carry out the advice of the local leaders and “Be calm”. There has been nothing in the nature of organised disturbance — a fact which is highly creditable to the men: