GALA DAY MEM­O­RIES

THIS WEEK WE TRAVEL BACK IN TIME TO LOOK AT ONE OF THE NORTH EAST’S BIG­GEST SO­CIAL EVENTS – AND ONE

Sunderland Echo - - Front page - By Chris Cord­ner chris.cord­ner@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter:@CCord­nerjp

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.

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