Film ID: NEFA 20880 Video of NEFA 20880 Jewish Ex-Service Coronation Mens Parade 2 (1937) JEWISH EX-SERVICE MEN'S CORONATION PARADE 1937 Visitor TabsDescription This amateur black and white film records a parade of Jewish ex-servicemen, which took place on May 9th 1937, Newcastle upon Tyne, in the run up to the coronation of George VI. Footage includes a celebratory dinner, possibly at the Newcastle Maccabi Association. This film is one in a collection of films recording life in the Jewish community of Newcastle, made by three independent film-makers between 1937 and 1962. Different bands of men and women including Jewish ex-servicemen and women, and various civic authorities in full regalia, march along a residential street, then past the war memorial on St. Thomas's Green, and down Percy Street away from Haymarket. Two men in bowler hats carry a wreath in the procession. Bunting and flags decorate the streets. A tram sports a "Shop at Binns" poster advertisement, parked behind the crowd of onlookers lining the street. In the background, the sign for Tilley's Cafe and Restaurant of Blackett Street can be seen. Scenes at the cenotaph follow: the Lord Mayor carries the ceremonial mace. The scene cuts to a large indoor gathering where guests are drinking and talking at a celebratory dinner, possibly at the Newcastle Maccabi Association, but may be at Tilley's Restaurant. The camera pans along guests at a long table. Shots of general bonhomie and celebration, with some guests raising drinks in a toast to camera. Context A proud expression of Jewish identity and heroism at a Coronation parade to the Eldon Square World War One memorial in Newcastle. Ranks of Jewish ex-servicemen march through the decorated streets of Newcastle to the World War One memorial in Eldon Square in May 1937. Despite the shaky footage, this amateur film records a remarkable display of comradeship and patriotism at an annual parade mobilised in the fight against British Fascism. It was held just days before the Coronation of George VI. After the parade toasts are drunk, probably at Tilley's Restaurant on Blackett Street. In the 1930s the Anglo-Jewish community felt the need to commemorate the part played by Jewish soldiers in the First World War. The North East Branch of the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women (AJEX) was formed in the early 1930s to counteract the anti-Semitic propaganda of Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists. The first Newcastle parade of ex-servicemen took place in 1934. This film is one in a rare collection of footage by five amateur filmmakers active in the life of the Jewish community in Newcastle between 1937 and 1962.