A RALLYING call has gone out to East Durham residents to attend the weekend’s Durham Miners’ Gala.
Durham Miners’ Association (DMA) general secretary Dave Hopper wants young and old to enjoy a “great day out” – but he wants the younger generation to attend and be inspired to “fight back” against unemployment.
Eighty banners and 45 bands will descend on Durham City on July 13 for the historic tradition.
Mr Hopper said a campaign to raise money to ensure the safeguarding of the future of the “Big Meet” was going well, with a lot of major unions contributing, as well as branches and Friends of the Gala chipping in. He urged: “Support the gala, it’s part of our history.”
He said Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall has been added to the list of guest speakers, which includes Bob Crow, of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT), Len McCluskey from Unite and Frances O’Grady, the first-ever female general secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), and Labour journalists Owen Jones and Kevin Maguire.
Horden’s banner, accompanied by Lancashire-based Rossendale Scout Group Band, leaves the village’s Victory Club at 8am and parades along Tees Street, Park Road and Northumberland Street before boarding the bus outside the Labour Club.
Wingate’s banner, with Thrickley Brass Band, will parade from outside The Fir Tree pub at 8am before boarding a bus at Wingate Community Centre at 8.45am. The DMA will be at Easington Social Welfare Centre at 5.30pm on Wednesday, August 7 during a campaign to regenerate ex-mining communities.