A group of benefit cheats and career scroungers from the north east are to re-enact the great Jarrow Crusade of 1936 by attempting to cross the Tyne Bridge from Newcastle to Gateshead entirely on foot.
The event is being organised in reaction to the swingeing benefit cuts and pending job opportunities outlined in Government plans to reduce the countries deficit.
‘Some of us younger Geordies have thought about doing it for years’ said Colin Fazakerley, one of the march organisers ‘most of us have only read about it in books or are aware of it from stories handed down through the family. It might sound crazy to most Geordies but we are convinced there really is a Gateshead out there somewhere and we would like to see it for ourselves.
The original Jarrow march, now the story of Geordie folklore is stepped in history. In a time when the ordinary man in the street had little or no opportunity in which to influence political thinking it allowed the working class Geordie both a voice and an identity. It is a story of courage and endeavour.
Back in 1936 the original marchers had to to make 22 overnight stops along the route from Newcastle to London, taking nearly 4 weeks to complete the journey.
‘That’s pretty amazing’ said Colin staring at the bridge with a worried look in his eye ‘it’s a lot to ask but if we can get anywhere near that we’ll be pleased’
The Jarrow Marcher’s story is one of incredible hardship and suffering. All they owned on the day of the march was the very clothes they stood up in and a pair of old boots paid for by charitable donations. Just like the original marchers back in 1936.
‘The bridge spans over 530ft in length so clearly we are not expecting everybody to make it’ continued Colin ‘there will be limited transport laid on to bring back those unable to complete the whole march across the bridge, but more importantly the usual fleet of taxis will be on hand for those who need to be down at the DHSS for signing on
There will be plenty of resting places and burger vans every 15 ft in case of emergency.
Plenty of back up has been provided for those taking part, St.Johns Ambulance have set up emergency first aid posts the full length of the bridge for the inevitable casualties. As a precaution The Samaritans have set up a helpline for anybody thinking of jumping off the bridge in the unlikely event any of them gets far enough to actually see Gateshead on the other side.
Oxygen masks will be provided for anybody who makes it as far as Gateshead but priority will be given to those actually taking part in the march. Blood donors are welcome but we insist it must be your own.
‘It’s just a precaution’ said Colin ‘we don’t envisage it will ever get that far. Not Gateshead’.
Geordies to re-enact Jarrow Crusade
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