Durham Miner’s Gala 2020

Unfortunately The Durham Miner’s Gala has been cancelled this year due to Covid 19 to safeguard people and the NHS but will be back bigger and better than ever in 2021- its 150th anniversary year. However, the Durham Miners’ Gala will be celebrated online tomorrow with a series of new content celebrating the spirit and values of the event.

DMA secretary Alan Mardghum has promised: “We will make sure that we make up for this year’s cancellation by staging the biggest and the best gala ever seen to celebrate its 150th year. The Big Meeting, as it is known, has a central place in the culture and history of the people and mining communities of County Durham. More and more people come each year despite the last colliery having closed in 1993. We will continue to organise this most spectacular and important event. We will not see it fade.”

The ever-popular labour movement event is embracing technology this year and the Durham Miners’ Gala will be celebrated online tomorrow with a series of new content celebrating the spirit and values of the event.

The centrepiece of the day will be a live online event streamed to Facebook and YouTube.

It will feature new videos including archive footage from the Gala’s long history, brass band music, messages from key workers who’ve been dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, and contributions from leading labour movement figures.

The Durham Miners’ Gala is the world’s greatest celebration of community values, international solidarity, and working-class culture. It is a unique and inspiring spectacle.

More than 200,000 people would usually pack the streets of Durham to enjoy the sights and sounds of The Big Meeting. People from across County Durham, the country, and further afield, assemble in the city centre from early morning.

So instead of the banner groups and bands gathering in Durham City Centre Market Place, or the other assembly points including Redhills: Durham Miners Hall and the Whitechurch pub on the West of the city the event will move on-line, where normally the beautiful banners celebrating the region’s working class history are carried through the medieval city to the sound of brass band music, creating a wonderful feel of street theatre and celebration -this year will be very different.

So, don’t miss the centerpiece of the day , where there will be a live online event streamed to Facebook and YouTube, featuring videos with archive footage from the Gala’s long history, brass band music, messages from key workers who’ve been dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, and contributions from leading Labour Movement figures.

The full programme is on the DMA website, which you can find here.

You can also support the Big Meeting by joining Friends of Durham Miners’ Gala.

For more than a century, The Durham Miner’s Gala was paid for by the working miners of the Durham Coalfield. It is their gift to us all. Today, it is funded by our Marras, friends of the DMA, who make contributions throughout the year. Without the Marras, the Gala would not happen. The growth of the Gala over recent years is driving up the costs of hosting the free event.

Please join and become a Marra, and help ensure the Gala survives, and thrives, and is here to inspire generations to come.

Don’t forget to put the 2021 Durham Miner’s Gala in your calendar, it will be an event not to miss.

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