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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Durham Miners' Gala is as important now as it was in the years when miners fought for justice and fairness in the workplace.
Mr Corbyn received a rapturous reception as he arrived at the 133rd Durham Miners' Gala on Saturday.
Only on Saturday last week, Mr Hopper was on the same platform as the Labour leader at the Durham Miners' Gala, or Big Meeting, where he strongly backed Mr Corbyn in his struggle to retain control of the party.
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Ed Miliband, MP, along with some other members of his kitchen cabinet like Dave Anderson, MP met with FoP team at the Durham Miners' Gala on July 13 and assured his support to Pakistani labour through FoP.
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Union boss Bob Crow called for the trade union movement to split from the Labour Party in a speech at Durham Miners' Gala yesterday.
The original historic banner was destroyed in a fire during the 1930s, and this banner has been remade to allow local families to march proudly behind it once again at the Durham Miners' Gala.
According to a statement of Karamat Ali, Executive Director of Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER), issued here Tuesday, the Labour Party President Ed Miliband, MP, along with some other members of his kitchen cabinet like Dave Anderson, MP met with FoP team at the Durham Miners' Gala on July 13 and assured his support to Pakistani labour through FoP.
ED Miliband made it a family affair yesterday as he became the first Labour leader in 23 years to speak at the traditional Durham Miners' Gala.
He was the first Labour leader since Neil Kinnock to address Durham Miners' Gala, known as The Big Meeting.
Around 100,000 people were expected to attend the Durham Miners' Gala, also known as The Big Meeting.

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