Celebrated author Stuart Maconie sets off on Jarrow March

Stuart Maconie
Stuart Maconie

Author and journalist Stuart Maconie is well on his way in a bid to retrace the route of the Jarrow March as part of his new book to mark the 80th anniversary of the crusade.

BBC radio presenter Stuart, who is known for bestselling books such as ‘Cider with Roadies,’ set off from the borough on October 5 - the anniversary of the march and is now in Yorkshire.

Before setting off, he came to the Jarrow March fun day at Monkton Stadium on October 1 and stayed in the area for five days where he visited South Shields Museum and other areas relating to the march.

He then left from Christ Church in Jarrow, on October 5- the same day the marchers set off back in 1936- and has now started to retrace the route of the protest march from Jarrow to London by unemployed workers.

Although he is retracing the route, Stuart will not walk every step of the way, in order to visit landmarks and interview people for his blog, which will be the basis of his book; ‘Long Road From Jarrow.’

He said: “I am on day nine now and it is going really well.

“I am in Leeds and will be heading down to Wakefield and then to Barnsley.

“When I was in the North East the weather was beautiful and I was able to speak to Matt Perry, an academic at Newcastle University who has written a book on the march and also visited South Shields Museum to see the Jarrow March exhibition there.

“So far it has been really interesting and people have been really supportive.”

To visit the blog: maconiejarrow.wordpress.com