TWO of the Chilean miners trapped underground for more than two months are expected to be among the crowd at this year’s Durham Miners’ Gala.
Carlos Barrios Contrera and Carlos Bugueno Alfara, two of the 33 miners trapped 2,300ft underground in San Jose, who were rescued in October last year after 69 days, will visit the 127th annual celebration, known as the Big Meeting.
Thousands of ex-miners from east Durham and their families will be travelling to Durham Racecourse to help uphold the long-running tradition of the gala, which runs this Saturday from 8am until 7pm.
Among the banners will be those from Horden and Deaf Hill, as well as a new banner from Thornley, one from Easington to mark the 60th anniversary of the Easington pit disaster, the Blackhall banner and ones representing Wheatley Hill and Wingate.
The Deaf Hill banner will be paraded around Deaf Hill tonight, starting from the Top Shop, in Wingate Road, at 7pm.
A 50-seater bus will leave Trimdon Station Community Centre, in Station Road East, for the gala at 8am on Saturday. Free seats can still be booked by calling (01429) 880584.
The Horden banner will parade through Horden on Saturday, starting at Horden Victory Club, in Blackhills Road, at 7.45am, onto Tees Street and Park Road and then finish at Horden Labour Club, in Sunderland Road, ready for two coaches to take supporters to Durham at 8.15am.
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