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The most celebrated of the hunger marches that took place in Britain during the Great Depression started on 5 October 1936 in Jarrow, near Newcastle upon Tyne. 200 unemployed men lead by a Labour MP Ellen Wilkinson walked, passing through Lavendon along the way, reaching London on 31 October. They presented a petition to the then Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin containing over 11,000 signatures. The march was to draw attention to regions, particularly in the north, affected by unemployment from the old industries such as shipbuilding, which had been very much reduced in the 1930’s.