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Jarrow March protesters arrive in Coventry.

JARROW marchers arrived in Coventry yesterday to be greeted by trade union leaders and anti-cuts campaigners.

About 25 unemployed young people from the south Tyneside town are marching all the way to London to relive the Depression-era Jarrow March.

Yesterday's march made its way through Hillfields to a reception at Inspire bar in the Bull Yard, city centre.

Councillor Dave Nellist (Socialist, St Michael's) said: "I'm enormously proud of these young people marching 330 miles to London. It's great to welcome them to Coventry and host them for the weekend.

"We've got quite a few people putting people up here, food is being given by the unions and local places of worship. We want to give them a warm Coventry welcome."

Coun Nellist even agreed to put up two marchers up in his own home.

About 150 people are expected the join the protest today which meets at the Coventry Cathedral steps at midday, before marching through the city centre.

The event marks the 75th anniversary of the original march, a peaceful protest carried out by 207 men from the North East at a time of crippling 70 per cent unemployment.

Coun Nellist added: "Unemployment among young people in our city is about one in five and we need to do something about this."

After a day of marching campaigners will end up at the Beer Engine pub in Far Gosford Street tonight for a special reception.

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POUNDING THE STREETS: (Above) The marchers in Coventry and (below) Socialist party leader Cllr Dave Nellist on the loudspeaker STRONG MESSAGE: The protesters gather in Bull Yard, city centre
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Date:Oct 22, 2011
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