On 14 June 1926 two meetings were held concerning the Pilgrimage. An afternoon meeting took place at the town hall, and in the evening another was held at the West Hartlepool Hall. Various dignitaries, including the Mayoress, addressed the audience. The meeting passed the Pilgrimage resolution on law, not war.
The difficulties faced by many of the determined pilgrims was noted:
‘Many of the women are using their holidays to take part the pilgrimage; others who are able only to spare a limited period are travelling as far they can and then returning to their homes. Owing to the [general] strike, difficulties have been almost insuperable, but not even the vagaries of the weather can damp the enthusiasm of the pilgrims.’
It was hoped that London would see ‘an immense gathering’ on Saturday 19 June.
Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail, 15 June 1926.