Thousands feel the heat at miners’ gala

It was a summer scorcher for the annual Durham Miners Gala on Saturday and the great weather ensured large crowds converging on Durham to take part in the day-long event.'Washington Glebe's banner is proudly carried along Old Elvet.
It was a summer scorcher for the annual Durham Miners Gala on Saturday and the great weather ensured large crowds converging on Durham to take part in the day-long event.'Washington Glebe's banner is proudly carried along Old Elvet.
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DURHAM was ablaze with colour as tens of thousands of people turned out for the annual Durham Miners Gala.

About 50,000 participants and bystanders attended the 129th Big Meeting, which is said to be the biggest of its kind in Europe.

General secretary of Durham Miners Association (DMA) Dave Hopper welcomed to the stand speakers including Daily Mirror associate editor, Kevin Maguire, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Francis O’Grady, journalist and author, Owen Jones, and general secretary of Unite, Len McCluskey.

Comedian and actor Ricky Tomlinson spoke to the crowd on behalf of the Shrewsbury 24 campaign.

No Labour party representatives spoke at this year’s Big Meeting, unlike last year, when Ed Miliband was the first Labour leader since Neil Kinnock, present in 1989, to address the throngs of people.

Banners and bands paraded the streets to claim their spot on the Durham University Racecourse, after meeting in the market square from 8.30am on Saturday.

# See more on the Gala in Monday’s Sunderland Echo