The full music line-up has been announced for a fair that celebrates Bridport's unique past.

The fourth Bridport Museum Ropewalk Fair returns on Sunday, May 13 to the Millennium Green.

The fair is the only event to celebrate the town's rope and net industry heritage, with a whole range of activities, walks and discussions organised for the occasion. Music will be provided by The Jurassic Drifters, who will be entertaining with retro favourites on ukelele and other stringed instruments.

Gary "Slide Man" Smith will provide a new take on the Deep South sound on his unusual guitar, while folk duo Elfintale, and local singer-songwriter Rosie Smith will offer their own unique sounds.

Pop Club will return in their new guise as The Phoenix Youth Band.

Emily Hicks, museum director, said: "We're really pleased that this year's Ropewalk Fair will also be marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.

"We will even have an authentic army vehicle on site.

"Watch out for window displays throughout the town in the weeks preceding the event, sign up for one of the unique guided tours of a netting factory or historical walks around the town.

"Lastly don't forget to visit the Bridport Heritage Forum exhibition in the Town Hall."

The event will also feature the 1912 Bridport Wildcats women's singing group, who tell the story of the women who held a strike at Gundry's factory.

Cartoon Action Theatre are staging a play about the event, which is written by Lucy Goodison and directed by Margie Barbour, with the Bridport Wildcats ensemble in 1912 costumes providing rousing choruses throughout.

The strike was supported by many of the local people and a collection to support the strikers raised £10 (£650 in today's money).

The workers refused arbitration from the local MP and kept their strike going for a week.

It was termed as a wildcat strike, due to the group having no union backing, something that was rectified during the course of the strike.

The play will be performed in the open air at 2pm.

A member of the 1912 Wildcats group said: "In this year of the centenary of some British women getting the vote, it is very fitting that our songs at the Ropewalk Fair will include the Suffragette Anthem "Shoulder to Shoulder", which the Bridport News reported the women strikers sang as they marched around the streets with a banner declaring "We want our Rights".

Entry to the fair is £2 per adult or £3 for a family ticket on the day, with all proceeds going to help keep entry to Bridport Museum free to everyone.

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