The 136th Durham Miners’ Gala was due to take place this Saturday 11th July. The event has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Grahame Morris MP, former Chair of the Friends of Durham Miners’ Gala, said “The values of unity, collective strength, and hope that the Gala represents are as important today as they have ever been. The pandemic has demonstrated that we are stronger together, and that trade unions are vital in voicing and protecting workers’ rights. While the Gala will not take place in its usual form this year, the Durham Miners Association have organised an online celebration which I would strongly encourage people to take part in.”
For more than a century, the Gala was funded by the working miners of the Durham Coalfield. Today, it is funded through subscription by Friends of Durham Miners’ Gala. You can join here.
There will be an online celebration of solidarity and community this Saturday in a streamed event on Facebook and Youtube at 1pm.
The live event, ‘The Second Saturday in July’, will be hosted from Redhills, the home of the Durham Miners Association (DMA), by the DMA’s Secretary Alan Mardghum. It will feature new videos and archive footage from the Gala’s long history, brass band music, messages from key workers who’ve been dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, and contributions from leading labour movement figures.
Supporters of the Gala are also encouraged to use social media to post their own messages and favourite photos from attending the Gala throughout the day.
The Gala will return to Durham in 2021 for its 150th anniversary.