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.
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)