But how many of these famous people do you remember seeing at the Miners Gala?
Take look at our line-up of some of the familiar faces and let us know what your best memories are of Durham’s big day. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your memories.
1. Neil Kinnock
Labour leader Neil Kinnock joined the crowds at the 1984 Durham 'Big Meeting'.
Photo: Sunderland Echo
2. Ed Miliband
It's 2012 and Ed Miliband becomes the first leader of the Labour Party to speak at the Gala in 23 years.
Photo: Picture by Peter Berry
3. Harold Wilson
Prime Minister Harold Wilson waves to the crowds at the 1968 Gala.
4. Arthur Scargill and Neil Kinnock
A scene from 1984 as the NUM President Arthur Scargill (right), and Labour Party Leader Neil Kinnock, join the crowds at the Durham Miners Gala. Photo: PA Wire.