Unite encourages community to create banner for Durh...

Unite encourages community to create banner for Durham miners’ gala

10 April 2014

The Durham Miners’ Association (DMA); Durham Bannermakers; Unite, the country’s largest union; and Durham Unite community support centre are appealing to the public  to help design a new community campaigning banner.

The banner will be ready for the miners’ gala in July, marking the 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike and will be used by Durham Unite community/DMA centre for future campaigning work.

To make this project a success the call has gone out to as many interested people with great ideas as possible to contribute to the design.

The banner meeting will be held at 11.00am on Friday 18 April at the Station Road Community Centre in West Cornforth DL17 9LA.

The banner will be designed and paid for by the trade union movement as a sign of unbroken spirit 30 years on from the heroic struggle of the National Union of Mineworkers.

Unite regional community coordinator Joe Rollin said: “We’re asking for the community to come together, young and old, to inspire and create the banner so it reflects as many aspects of the Durham community as possible.

“Every year tens of thousands of trade unionists come to Durham to celebrate our shared history as well as look to the future, I hope our new banner will take pride of place at this year’s gala, which will be bigger than usual ,as this year marks the 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike.”

Event location

Friday 18 April between 11.00 to 15.00
Community Centre
Station Road
West Cornforth DL17 9LA  

If you would like to help design a miners’ strike anniversary banner  to support local campaigning and activism in our communities, here is the programme.

Event programme

11.00 – 12.45 – speakers & audience discussion
Davy Hopper
Florence Anderson
Joe Rollin
Heather Wood
Pat McIntyre
Paul Simpson
12.45 – Break. Refreshments available
13.30 – 15.00 – Group banner design work


For further information please contact Unite regional community coordinator: Joe Rollin on 07711 375 536 and/or Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693 940

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