Big Meeting memories. Can you spot someone you know?
Big Meeting memories. Can you spot someone you know?

11 retro photos from the Big Meeting as we get ready for the return of the Miners Gala

Bands, banners, marches, political leaders, speeches and tens of thousands of spectators. It can only mean the return of the Big Meeting.

Wednesday, 29th June 2022, 12:48 pm
Updated Wednesday, 29th June 2022, 12:48 pm

Durham Miners Gala is back on Saturday, July 9 and it promises to be a colourful occasion just as in previous years.

Huge crowds are expected, possibly up to 200,000 people, as the first Gala is held since the pandemic.

More than 150 years of tradition will be continued. Why not get into the spirit of the occasion with a look back at these scenes of Horden, Blackhall, Easington, Deaf Hill, Thornley and Wheatley Hill lodges at the Big Meeting in years gone by?

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