1984 was the 150th anniversary of the Tolpuddle Martyrs' arrest, transportation and protest. The TUC organised the biggest rally since 1934.
Neil Kinnock, Labour Leader, Norman Willis, TUC Deputy General Secretary and Oliver Trevett for Dorset agricultural workers spoke from the ramshackle stage. Len Murrary, TUC General Secretary was taken ill on the day.
A new sycamore tree was planted on the village green.