Mayor helps out with Jarrow March feature

TV DOCUMENTARY ... the Mayor Coun Fay Cunningham, with the Jarrow March petition box and banner in Jarrow Town Hall.
TV DOCUMENTARY ... the Mayor Coun Fay Cunningham, with the Jarrow March petition box and banner in Jarrow Town Hall.

THE Mayor of South Tyneside turned the pages of history as part of a documentary about the Jarrow March.

Coun Fay Cunningham, councillor for the Bede ward, visited Jarrow Town Hall to look at memorabilia connected with the 1936 crusade for jobs.

The Mayor made the visit with Rhonda Evans, who runs an independent production company, and is researching a film about the Jarrow March.

Coun Cunningham said: “The Jarrow March is something I am very passionate about, and I showed Rhonda some of the items we have at the town hall connected to the march and shipbuilder Sir Charles Mark Palmer.

“It is hoped the film will be broadcast as part of the BBC Learning channel, and I hope the march material at Jarrow Town Hall will be featured.”

Ms Evans has also been in touch with Matt Perry, a history lecturer at Newcastle University, who has written books about both the Jarrow March and Ellen Wilkinson, the town’s MP at the time of the event and later a Labour minister.

The documentary makers are also hoping to contact young people in Jarrow with connections to the famous march, who are studying GCSE history.

It’s planned that the film will be screened as part of a BBC education series aimed at GCSE history students.

People with Jarrow March connections are asked to contact Rhonda Evans on 0208 744 1012 or e-mail rhonda@evanswoolfe.com

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