Film ID: NEFA 20879 Video of NEFA 20879 Jewish Ex-Service Coronation Mens Parade 1 (1937) JEWISH EX-SERVICE MEN'S CORONATION PARADE 1937 Visitor TabsDescription Amateur colour film recording the Coronation parade of Jewish ex-servicemen, which took place on 9th May 1937, Newcastle upon Tyne, in the run up to the coronation of George VI. This film is one in a collection of films recording life in the Jewish community of Newcastle, made by five independent film-makers between 1937 and 1962. Title: These We Have Loved Title: These We Have Loved Shot of home-made poster stuck on wood panel wall that reads: Coronation Jewish Ex-Service Men's Parade, May 9th, 1937 Shots of ex-servicemen marching, poppy wreaths in evidence. Title: Distinguished visitors from all over the country attend the service. Shots of men talking and of a brass band, with the shop Firths Carpets visible in frame. Title: Look at this picture and feel proud of your ex-servicemen. Men march past camera, some carrying banners, including one for the "Jewish Ex-Servicemen's Association." Red, white and blue bunting hangs from lamp posts. Cavalry and brass band march past. The parade makes its way up Northumberland Street. Title: Brother ex-servicemen from all over the North joined the parade. Crowds of spectators line the street to watch the parade, with sign for Corrills Ltd. Tyre Service Depot in the background. Saluting with flags under the cenotaph in Old Eldon Square. Title: The Lord Mayor and members of the council arrive at the cenotaph. Dignitaries march past. Title: The Lord Mayor inspects the parade. The Lord Mayor wears ceremonial robe and chains. Scouts cadets stand to attention. Title: In Memory of Those Who Fell. Close-up of poppy wreaths in the shape of a Star of David. Title: The March Past. The Lord Mayor takes the salute. Parade passes Shilling Taylors. Context Jewish ex-service men make a stand against fascism in a moving display of pride and patriotism in the 1930s. A remarkable amateur film records a morale-boosting memorial parade of Jewish First World War veterans through colourful Newcastle streets, specially decorated for the forthcoming Coronation of George VI. As war looms with Germany, this is a moving show of patriotism mobilised against the 1930s rise of Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists. The North East Branch of the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women (AJEX) was formed in the early 1930s to counteract propaganda of the British Union of Fascists that Jews had not fought in World War One. The first Newcastle parade of ex-servicemen took place in 1934. During the 1930s the anti-Semitic British Union of Fascists, launched by Mosley in October 1932 and colloquially known as ‘Blackshirts’, held many meetings and rallies that targeted working class communities in North East England suffering during the Depression. They were fiercely opposed by anti-fascists in often violent confrontations.