MYSTERY surrounded the announcement of the end of the 1926 General Strike in Oxford.

The strike lasted nine days from May 3 to May 12, but on the final day Oxford remained in some confusion as to whether the action was over or not.

A bulletin of the strike, dated on the final day, read: "You are instructed to stand firm until you hear from this office. We are waiting for orders from the General Council."

Another bulletin, just hours later, suggested that the strike was indeed over, but there was still some confusion.

When the general committee met that evening, many more telegrams had been received by local officials, as it became clear that the industrial action was over.