STROUD celebrated International Workers Day with music, a march and speeches.

Stroud Labour Party members, trade unionists and residents met for a rally at the Sub Rooms on Saturday, before marching through the town to show solidarity with fellow workers across the world.

The procession was accompanied by music from the Red Band and Songs of Change.

It wound through town, ending at the Old Town Hall where the marchers ate lunch together and there were speeches from invited guests.

The tradition of May Day marches for workers’ rights began in the United States in the 1880s and quickly spread to other countries at a time when industrialisation pitted poorly paid employees against increasingly dominant factory employers and landowners.

Over the decades, the May Day protests have also become an opportunity to air general economic grievances or political demands.

Pictures by Simon Pizzey.