Get set for the 151st anniversary gala in 2022. Sadly, the 2021 gala was cancelled. The executive committee of the DMA felt it could not ask its partners in local government, the police, health services and banner groups to forge on towards the great day while the possibility of it being allowed to go ahead – with or without social distancing measures – seemed less and less likely. The Big Meeting is back in 2022 with biggest and best gala ever and look forward to seeing everybody there.

The DMA announced that the returning Gala will be dedicated to key workers, the carers and bus drivers, delivery workers and nurses, shop staff and teachers. Everyone who has risked their lives to keep society functioning throughout the pandemic will be celebrated. Between now and the Gala, the DMA will work with trades union branches across the country to bring people into Durham, and is calling on the public to gather in greater numbers than ever before in support of the country’s key workers. Watch the video below to find out more: 

Durham Miners Gala Durham
Held on the second Saturday of July the Durham Miners Gala sees trade unionists from across the country descend on Durham city and the event has developed into the largest gathering of trade unionists in the country. Highlights include wave after wave of banners, each typically accompanied by a brass band, which are marched to the old Racecourse, where political speeches are delivered. In the afternoon a miners' service is also held in Durham Cathedral which may include the blessing of any new banners.

In 2022 join one of the most important days in the trade union calendar. Find out more from the Durham Miners' Association.

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