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The Jarrow March – C’mon Follow the Geordie Boys

jarrow march

The 1930’s depression brought major unemployment to the north east, causing great hardship and even starvation, to out of work miners, ship workers and their families.

In a courageous but as it turned out vain attempt to bring an end to this hardship, 200 men with no food or money started a long and arduous 280 mile, 22 day walk from Jarrow to London in order to lobby Parliament to bring jobs to the people of North East England.

The “Jarrow crusaders” as they became known, received a great deal of support from the public and wherever they stopped overnight were given free food and shelter.

When the marchers arrived in London, they presented a massive petition of 12,000 signatures, gathered during the march to parliament, however sadly and despite this great effort, the Prime Minister of that time, Stanley Baldwin, still declined to see them.

 

 

The following video shows footage of the march which began on the 5th of October 1936, and is accompanied by a song & music by Durham born Geordie Alan Price.

 

 

South Shields Museum In The Town Centre

Museum & Art Gallery In South Shields Town Centre.

80th Anniversary Update (1936 – 2016)

Jarrow Crusade Exhibition: Marking the 80th anniversary of the Jarrow March, this exhibition at South Shields Museum, brings new light to a legendary crusade that captured the imagination of a nation. (Runs until Feb 2017)

» » The 2011 Jarrow March

3 comments

  1. Bob Studholme

    Before Tyne and Wear was created, the south bank of the Type was Durham and the north Northumberland, so being a Geordie from Durham was dead easy. I would still have said Price was a Makem but that he went to Jarrow Grammar.

  2. Stu

    If Alan Price was born in Durham he ain’t no Geordie. County Durham will always be Mackems. Up the Sunderland

    1. Jarrow_Geordie

      Rubbish. Do you actually believe that?
      Is that why Sunderland fans used to sing proudly about being Geordies? Most notably at the 73 cup final.
      The term Mackem, a relatively modern term for people from Sunderland, certainly wouldn’t apply to Alan Price who was born in Washington. He’s a Geordie mate.

      Granted, Washington is now administered by Sunderland City Council but that remains a bone of contention for a lot of people.

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