The story of the 1920s dead cat striker
In the 1920s, staff at the Anchor Brewery, the home of , in Norwich, Norfolk, went on strike. When a dead cat was found in a vessel of beer and a worker blamed for the mishap and sacked, the staff walked out.
Victor Crowe, 90, whose father can be seen in the photo above – that’s him in the flat cap with the patch over one eye – says: “I remember him telling me about the walk-out. This resulted in the worker being reinstated. Cats were part of the workforce. They were brewery cats to kill the rats trying to get into the sacks containing the malt.”