Police praise public after success of Durham Miners' Gala

Armed officers mingle with the crowds at the gala.
Armed officers mingle with the crowds at the gala.

Police have thanked the public after today's Durham Miners' Gala which was attended by tens of thousands of people passed off without incident.

Just two arrests were made despite large crowds descending on the city for the popular trade union gathering.

One of the many bands who marched through Durham.

One of the many bands who marched through Durham.

They were both local men two were detained for being drunk and disorderly.

Chief inspector Richie Allen, of Durham Constabulary, said: “We would like to thank everybody who attended the Gala for making it such a great day and making it run so smoothly.

“The atmosphere was really friendly, the weather was fabulous and everyone seemed to enjoy the day.

“There are always high spirits at the Gala, but we only had two arrests and there were no unexpected issues for us to deal with.

Tens of thousands of people turned out to the event.

Tens of thousands of people turned out to the event.

“A lot of the officers I’ve spoken to today said it was the most enjoyable Miners’ Gala they can remember and we’re already looking forward to next year.”

Police mingled with the crowds and posed for photographs including armed officers.

The force says a significant police presence will continue in the city centre throughout the evening.

This year's 134th Big Meeting is believed to have seen one of the biggest turnouts ever with ex-miners, trade unions and the public in the city.

The event was once again attended by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who addressed the crowds.

Other speakers included veteran MP Dennis Skinner and Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry.