Battle of George Square tea towel

100% Organic Cotton
Made in the UK
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  • Sturdy half panama unbleached US cotton (48cm x 70cm)
  • Our special inks mean that colours last in the wash
  • Includes hanging loop
  • Designed and manufactured in the UK
  • Delivery with Royal Mail, free on orders over £35
  • 100-day money back guarantee if you change your mind

The Battle of George Square was a violent confrontation in Glasgow, between Glasgow City Police and striking Glasgow workers concerned at the reduction in their working hours. After the end of WW1 the Scottish TUC and Clyde Workers' Committee (CWC) had sought to increase the availability of jobs open to demobilised soldiers by reducing the working week from a newly-agreed 47 hours to 40 hours, resulting in Scotland's most widespread strike since 1820.  On 31 January, 82 days after the end of WW1, up to 25,000 strikers congregated in George Square. The ensuing 'battle', came to be known as "Bloody Friday" or "Black Friday". During the riot, the Sheriff of Lanarkshire called for military aid, and British troops, supported by six tanks, were moved to key points in the city. The strike leaders were arrested for inciting the riot. Although it is often stated that there were no fatalities, one police constable died several months later from injuries received during the rioting. Following the military deployment calm returned to the city and the strikers gave up their cause for a 40-hour work week and therefore, accepted the previously agreed 47 hours.



Half Panama unbleached organic cotton (heavy weight, textured finish). Stitched on all four sides. Includes hanging loop. Measures approximately 48cm x 70cm. Machine wash at 40 degrees centigrade max. We recommend that before you use your tea towel for the first time you wash it at least once to soften up the material and make it more absorbent for drying dishes. Please note size can vary slightly.

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    Battle of George Square Teatowel

    Posted by Elisabeth Pugh on 29th Nov 2021

    Love the story and the fact it’s a useful object.