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Merthyr Rising celebrated at festival 183 years after event

One of the earliest organised actions of industrial workers in Britain has been celebrated in south Wales.

The Merthyr Rising was sparked by anger at low pay, debt and appalling working conditions in the iron works and mines of the town 183 years ago on Saturday.

The festival marks, what organisers call, the town's proud history of radicalism and creativity.

Organisers say the festival marks the town's proud history of radicalism and creativity.

"It turned into an event that terrified the government, that had huge political repercussions and had an impact of the psyche of the working classes that I think still goes on," she told Peter Johnson on BBC Radio Wales.

  • 31 May 2014
  • From the section Wales