Last Jarrow marcher dies aged 96

The last survivor of the Jarrow March, a famous protest against unemployment and poverty during the Great Depression, has died.

Con Shiels, who died on Boxing Day aged 96-years-old, was part of the crusade that saw around 200 unemployed men walk from Jarrow to London in 1936.

Carrying an 11,000-name petition, they did so to demand help from the government after the closure of their shipyard.

Mr Shiels, who was aged 20 at the time, joined his father and the other protesters for the final part of the marathon 300-mile journey.