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When strikes brought about change for the Tolly Cobbold brewery in 1977

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 June 2017

A meeting about pay negotiations among Tolly Cobbold staff

A meeting about pay negotiations among Tolly Cobbold staff

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The future of Suffolk's own Tolly Cobbold, which had a brewery in Ipswich, changed during a period of industrial action in 1977.

Hundreds of people were employed at the breweryHundreds of people were employed at the brewery

Tolly Cobbold, the former Suffolk brewing company that had strong roots within the county, was created from the merging of the Cobbold and Tollemache family brewing companies in 1957.

The strikes brought about change for the future of the Tolly Cobbold companyThe strikes brought about change for the future of the Tolly Cobbold company

In the 1970s conflict was brought to the industry, with many disgruntled workers growing increasingly unhappy with their pay they were receiving.

Taking a stand in the yard outside the Tolly Cobbold breweryTaking a stand in the yard outside the Tolly Cobbold brewery

The year of change for the famous Suffolk company was 1977, starting with the brewery workers who went on strike over pay negotiations.

Hundreds of staff were affectedHundreds of staff were affected

The strikes soon spread through to Colchester, Cambridge and Norwich, and had an immediate effect on the supply of beer to the public houses in Ipswich and the surrounding areas.

Employees meeting suring a strike at Tolly Cobbold's Cliff Brewery in IpswichEmployees meeting suring a strike at Tolly Cobbold's Cliff Brewery in Ipswich

Later that year Tolly Cobbold was taken over by the Ellerman Lines. In 1989 the production of Tolly Cobbold beers was transferred to Camerons Brewery, then Ridley’s Brewery and then, finally, Greene King.

Scenes from the strikes at Tolly cobbold breweryScenes from the strikes at Tolly cobbold brewery

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