Durham Miners Gala
- Saturday 8 July 2023
The 152nd Gala is scheduled to take place in July 2023. Check back nearer the time for more details, and why not see what happenned in 2022 below - including the key speech from Unite general secretary Sharon Graham.
Watch Unite general secretary Sharon Graham's speech to the 2022 Gala
The 151st anniversary gala was held in 2022 after the 2021 gala was cancelled. The Big Meeting was back in 2022 and 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 was celebrated. The DMA worked with trades union branches across the country to bring people into Durham, and called on the public to gather in greater numbers than ever before in support of the country’s key workers. Over 200,000 thronged the streets as a result.
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 2023 make sure you put time in your diary to join one of the most important days in the trade union calendar. Find out more from the Durham Miners' Association.
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