Gala is caught on camera for exhibition

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THE sights of the Big Meeting are the focus of a new exhibition.

 Photographer Julian Germain was invited to last year’s Durham Miners’ Gala to capture images, which are due to go on show at the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery.

It is part of Brass: Durham International Festival and will run from Saturday, June 30, until Sunday, September 9, and aims to offer a broader representation of the annual event than previous displays.

Julian attended the celebration as he documented the parade, blessing of the banners at Durham Cathedral, and witnessed the speeches.

He also took shots which help tell some of the stories behind the day, visiting Easington among other pit communities, as he found out about their banners, brass bands and groups as they prepared for the Gala.

Brass runs from Friday, July 6, to Sunday, July 22, celebrates the county’s musical heritage and traditions.

Organised by Durham County Council, it features street performances, carnival parades, interactive installations, community and educational activities and participation events.

The DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery is open from 10am to 5pm. Visit www.durham.gov.uk/dli for more information.