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An opportunity to explore the relevance of the Jarrow Crusade in the 21st Century and to find out more about the legendary event is on offer next week at a South Tyneside library.

Dr Matt Perry, a Reader in Labour History at Newcastle University, will hold a talk on Wednesday 1 June, from7pm to 9pm, at Jarrow Library exploring the crusade’s relevance today.

In his talk, Matt will explain why the march is still so important 80 years on. He will highlight what people can learn from a deeper knowledge of the historic event and from the stories of the marchers themselves.

Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for Culture and Heritage, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for residents and visitors to the Borough to find out more about the Jarrow Crusade which is deep rooted in the South Tyneside’s rich history.

“The actions of the marchers, despite not having the desired impact at the time, are still relevant 80 years on as their stories are remembered with real pride by the people of South Tyneside.

“I would encourage people with a vested interest in the Jarrow Crusade and those who want to discover more about the historic event to come along to the talk as which forms part of the celebrations of this key milestone anniversary.”

The Jarrow Crusade saw 200 local people march to London in October 1936 to deliver a petition to parliament demanding work for the poverty-stricken town. Those proud marchers set off on foot for the 300 mile journey with such hopes, only to meet with disappointment when they reached the capital.

Dr Matt Perry, said: “I want to make the Jarrow Crusade relevant to 2016 and to people’s lives today. Although a lot has changed in 80 years we still live in a world of great inequalities and injustices. For that reason the Jarrow Crusade remains a lasting inspiration for all of us.”

The Who are the Marchers? Making the Crusade relevant today talk is just one of a programme of events and activities taking place to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Jarrow Crusade in October.

As part of the commemorations Dr Matt Perry is leading further research, using census data and other original sources, to find out more about the everyday lives of the Jarrow Crusade marchers. Those who would like to take part in the research can register their interest at the talk or can contact Catrin Galt on (0191) 424 7995 or emailCatrin.Galt@southtyneside.gov.uk.

The talk is free, although booking is essential. Call Jarrow Library on (0191) 489 7786 to reserve a place. The event is supported by the Big Local Central Jarrow.

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