Sandwiches for the unemployed on the Jobs Express in 1981
Through 1981, hundreds of young people made their way down to London on the Jobs Express. This modern day Jarrow March was received positively by most people with even muted criticism from the Tories and Fleet Street. Some newspapers did sneer that it was all a far left conspiracy and that the youth were being used by extremists, etc.
But there was no doubting that unemployment in the early 80s recession had hit teenagers very hard with the drying up of apprenticeships and factories closing. As the Jobs Express made its way to London, trade unionists – like those pictured below – mucked in to make sandwiches for the youngsters and give them a cheer.
This being 1981, however, it’s not surprising to read in this article that as one group of teens on the march came back from a disco, they were set upon by fascists. No further details are given but this was a grim sign of the times.