Villagers in Braunston will commemorate the 90th anniversary of the first major strike on the English canal system during a giant picnic next week.
The event, which starts at 3pm on Tuesday, August 13 in the Stop House Garden, at Braunston, is being held to commemorate the strike in 1923 when 50 families used their boats to block the canal at Braunston.
The canal workers stayed out for 14 weeks and their eventual victory reduced the wage cuts and established the right for boatworkers to belong to a union.
Among the group of people who will be celebrating the strike will be members of the Braunston Canal Society, the local Labour Party, Canal and Rivers Trust, Braunston Marina, local trade unionists and the village church.
There will also be short guided walks to locations that featured in the dispute. Visitors are invited to take a picnic.
The floating cafe, Gongoozlers, will open specially for teas and snacks. Admission to the event is free.
The 1923 strike was the first of its kind on the English canal system and the aim was to oppose wage cuts for boat crews.
It involved 684 men working mainly for Fellows, Morton & Clayton, when the company proposed a reduction in brates of pay averaging 6.47 per cent.
The resulting strike stopped all long-distance traffic on the canals between London and the Midlands.