Miners’ leader loses battle with cancer

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A NORTH East miners’ leader has lost his battle with cancer.

Tributes have today been paid to Durham Miners’ Association (DMA) president David Guy, who died in Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary on Wednesday night, aged 66.

Mr Guy, of Seaham, was DMA president for 27 years and helped many miners win compensation for industrial diseases such as pneumoconiosis.

He also played a crucial role in saving the Durham Miners’ Gala from being scrapped.

DMA general secretary Dave Hopper said: “He was given only weeks to live, really, but has done miraculously well and fought all the way.”

Philip Blakey, secretary of the Durham Mining Communities Banner Association, described Mr Guy as “a tireless worker for the mining community”.

The dad of two worked at Dawdon colliery, where he was NUM lodge treasurer, before becoming an area official in 1985.