Sometimes known as the Jarrow Crusade, this was one of the most well-known episodes in the history of protest in Britain. It was a march from Jarrow, in the north-east of England, to London, in October 1936. The town of Jarrow had been devastated by unemployment as a result of the closure of Palmer's Shipyard on the River Tyne, and the town council organized a march of two hundred men to highlight the plight of local people. The march took twenty-six days, and ended with the local Labour MP, Ellen Wilkinson, presenting a petition to parliament on 4 November. This called for government aid in alleviating the poverty caused by unemployment. The Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin, had refused to receive the marchers, although a small number of them did form part of a subsequent deputation to meet the Minister of Labour. The march gained much public sympathy, but the government did not provide the assistance which had been called for.
Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).