It’s an important part of the North East’s heritage, and a unique experience. Here are some aspects you might recognise if you’re a regular at the Big Meeting.
1. Feeling excited when you see your village’s banner
That giddy feeling you get when you spot your village's banner in the sea of crowds and think "I'm from there! That's mine."
2. Dancing to the brass bands
Especially as the day goes on and the bands bring out the pop songs. Who hasn't had a boogie to Valerie on Gala day?
Photo: Kevin Brady
3. Pints for breakfast
Everyone knows there are only two occasions when it is acceptable to have a pint for breakfast: at the airport at 5am before you go on holiday, and before the big meeting.
Photo: David Allan
4. Singing "Oh Jeremy Corbym"
This year will be the fourth on the trot that Mr Corbyn will be speaking at the Gala, and the chants of ‘Ooooh Jeremy Corbyn’ get louder every year.