Durham Miners' Gala

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Durham Miners' Gala

Second Saturday of July
With the emergence of coal mining in the 17th century, England began enjoying the fruits of a lucrative industry. But the miners did not always receive fair compensation. Soon after founding the first union in 1869, a group of mine workers in northern England initiated a campaign to lobby their pit bosses, who met regularly to set mining wages at the Royal County Hotel in the city of Durham.
Soon an annual tradition developed in which mine workers arrived at the hotel in grand style, bringing with them brass bands and colorful silk banners that identified their unions. What began as a formal protest became a grand party, and by 1871, the first official Durham Miners' Gala was held.
Today, the gala is less political in nature. It has become more of a heritage celebration of coal mining, an industry that has steadily decreased over the years. The event usually features about 30 community brass bands, which march through the streets of Durham with banners representing member organizations of the National Union of Mineworkers. The procession ends at the Racecourse of Durham University, where attendees gather to hear speeches from trade union leaders and politicians.
CONTACTS:
Durham Mining Museum
c/o Thornley Community Centre
Hartlepool St.
Thornley DH6 3AB UK
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The Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, whose muchadmired father Tony Benn was a fierce defender of the miners during Margaret Thatcher's time in power, recalled the magic of the Big Meeting when he watched banners pass the County Hotel balcony.
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The Big Meeting has become part of Durham's make up, an historic event whose contribution to the spirit of togetherness that lies at the heart of the trade union movement is even more valuable than the contribution it makes to the city and county coffers, 141 years after it first was held.
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He was the first Labour leader since Neil Kinnock to address Durham Miners' Gala, known as The Big Meeting.