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the Jarrow Crusade 5th October 1936. I will be following them each day as they marched 300 miles to London in search of jobs

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juneshone

Hi Phyllis, well here in West Cumbria we have lost our coal mines, steel works etc all we have left is the Nuclear Power Station, oh joy, Fortunately they don't know how to close that and are about to open something underground as big as a city to store waste for any country that wants to buy the space from us so we'll all be sitting on a time bomb. We need to find another planet to ruin and quick!

cilycoed

June we have a similar situation here with the mine closing over on the West Coast of NZ, It's the mine that keeps the town open and the community is a very close-knit one. Heaven's only knows what will happen now. The companies that 'Diversify' are the ones which will survive I think, just like the farmers here too.

Thanks for this excellent series - Phyllis

juneshone

sorry about all the question marks, best ignored

juneshone

In 1852 Palmer?s Shipyard arrived and transformed Jarrow into a centre of heavy engineering. Its population continued to rise to 35,000 in the 1920s, but in 1932 an asset-stripping company, National Shipbuilding Security Ltd., bought Palmer?s Yard and promptly dismantled it, with the approval of Walter Runciman at the Board of Trade.
The town had grown up on shipbuilding and was entirely dependent on it for its living. Without the shipyard, Jarrow was dead. ?Palmer?s was Jarrow and Jarrow was Palmer?s? it was said. It was a one-company town, now without its company, left as a scrap heap but yet expected to ?sort out its own salvation? in Runciman?s infamous words. Three-quarters of the town?s workforce suddenly found themselves on the dole and Ellen Wilkinson, the MP for the borough, ?Red Ellen? as she was known, mainly because of her red hair, described her ?Town that was Murdered? as ?utterly stagnant?. and so they decided to try to work out their own salvation by organising a great ?crusade?. This was Ellen Wilkinson?s idea, and so it was that, on that Monday morning, the diminutive fireball set out with her two hundred men, whom she had personally selected for their fitness of mind and body.

juneshone

Oh yes he would have known about it, at that time there were lots of marches but this was the most famous. there was even one composed of blind men. Imagine a town where the women worked in the home and there was 80% unemployment among the men and no jobs on the horizon because the only shipyard had closed, couple of kids to feed and clothe, forget about the Graphics Tablet for christmas kids but we might find a tangerine for you.

cilycoed

June my Great grandfather worked with Ramsey McDonald and Bill Tillet as the first labour Government took shape. I come from a very long line of radical unionists, 1700s to today. If my late father was alive he would have know all about this. So this series resonates with me a lot.

Looking forward to more of the same - Phyllis

juneshone

lots more to come and there'll be singing later

lelabugosi

WELL SAID JUNEE!!......

juneshone

PS Governments are just the same, they couldn't have cared less in those days about the working class either

juneshone

Hi Phyllis so glad you like it. they came from a few miles from where we lived and I was four months old at the time. People along the way would stand and cry as the men marched past and only the event of WW11 gave them jobs in the end, different world in those days

cilycoed

Awesome puzzle, June. I hadn't heard of this before. Today the protests are a bit more radical and I doubt whether townspeople would give boots or trainfare home either. An interesting and sobering history lesson.
Thanks June:-)))

juneshone

thanks Lela June/Karli

lelabugosi

GOOD ONE!......

karli

200 men set off
with a blessing from
the bishop of Jarrow

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