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In 1933, as the alleys flowed people into the centre of the high street there was a tension in the air. Oswald Moseley’s Blackshirts marched across the Victoria Bridge from Thornaby and into the high street in order to hold a rally and recruit new members. They spoke of fascist ideals and assumed the people of Stockton would be easy pickings for their recruitment campaign, giving up hope for hate – they were wrong.

That fateful day in September 1933 is brought to life in this new film, produced by the Battle of Stockton Campaign and featuring artworks by a number of local Teesside artists. Narrated by actor Marlene Sidaway, this dramatic documentary explores the events of the day, the actions of local people and a sample of life in 1930s Stockton.

The film will be followed by poetry, music and a panel discussion with members of The Battle of Stockton Campaign and other special guests.

Dan Smith

Hailing from Thornaby in the north of England, Daniel has written and directed a number of short films as well as two feature length documentaries, ‘Young, Fit and Dying’ and also ‘The Directors’. The former sold across Europe, Scandinavia and the Middle East, receiving glowing reviews along the way. Daniel studied Film at Middlesex University, receiving a BA(Hons) as a scholarship student. His latest film, Interdiction, is just rounding off a festival run where it has picked up multiple selections and wins across the wold, including Rome, Mallorca and London.

Sharon Bailey

Sharon Bailey is an activist and chair of The Battle of Stockton Campaign. She co-produced The Battle of Stockton film and is currently working on a six part documentary series on the Spanish Civil War.

Harry Gallagher

Harry Gallagher, originally from Teesside, is widely published with several books to his name. He performs all over the UK and runs the Northeast stanza of the Poetry Society.


Ella-Joy is a 21 year old singer-songwriter from the industrial borough of Teesside. From rebel countesses to disappointing love interests, she draws inspiration from her own experiences and the world around her to craft unusual lyrics and skilful melodies. Ella won Folklub Newcastle’s Songwriter of the year 2020 and has recently graduated from Newcastle University’s Traditional and Folk Music Degree with a First Class BA (Hons).