Youngster proudly leads march for jobs in 1960s Jarrow

Jarrow marches, but this was 1962, when there was still concern about unemployment.
Jarrow marches, but this was 1962, when there was still concern about unemployment.

SOMETIMES the delight is in the detail of photographs.

I love the little lad in the front here who has appointed himself a very self-important parade marshall. More than 50 years on, I wonder if he remembers the occasion?

Jarrow’s reputation for marching for work is not confined to the 1930s.

This is another picture from the small collection I mentioned coming across, of 1960s and ‘70s protest locally.

Here the date is 1962 and Jarrow and Hebburn Trades Council has organised a demonstration march through the town, against the unemployment problem in the area.

It was led by Jarrow MP Ernest Fernyhough, who represented the town for more than 30 years, until the late 1970s, having succeeded to it after Ellen Wilkinson.

If I’m not mistaken, he is behind and to the right of the man in front carrying the TUC sign.

And again if I’m not mistaken, in the row behind, on the left, is a very young Lord (Don) Dixon, who would himself go on to a successful career in local politcis, eventually succeeding Ernest Fernyhough as Jarrow’s MP.