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Durham Miners Gala

The Durham Miners' Gala, or the Big Meeting as it's also known, is Europe's largest trade union event.  In 2017 over 200,000 people attended the event.  The Gala takes place on the second Saturday in July each year, with the 134th Gala being held on 14 July 2018.  The first Gala was held in 1871 and, except for during the World Wars and during periods of strike action, its been held every year.  

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