GALA DAY MEMORIES
THIS WEEK WE TRAVEL BACK IN TIME TO LOOK AT ONE OF THE NORTH EAST’S BIGGEST SOCIAL EVENTS – AND ONE
This year’s Durham Miners’ Gala will take place on Saturday – and thousands will be joining the 134th ‘Big Meeting’, as it is also known.
Even though we no longer have any working mines in the area, the gala is still a major event in the social calendar for a lot of people in the North East and further afield.
The tradition of the colliery bands making an early start on the actual day from their villages to the main meeting point in Durham’s Market Place still carries on today.
Eventually, the procession marches past the County Hotel, where invited guests stand on the balcony and applaud the marchers.
Later on in the day, a Miners’ Service is held in Durham Cathedral.
Take a close look at our gala photographs from through the decades.
We have photographs of people proudly carrying the colourful banners of various miners’ lodges, people taking part in the parades or just soaking up the atmosphere and generally enjoying themselves.
Send your memories of the gala email to chris.cordner@ jpress.co.uk
Taking part in the parade and marching with the New Herrington Lodge banner in 1982.
The band marches ahead of Dawdon Lodge in 1979.
Crowds enjoying themselves regardless of the weather in 2004.
Spectators waiting for the parade in 2011.