'Together Against Trump' protest to feature in Durham Miners' Gala march

US President Donald Trump will visit the UK on Friday, July 16.
US President Donald Trump will visit the UK on Friday, July 16.

Campaigners are planning a rally against US President Donald Trump as part of this year's Durham Miners' Gala.

The POTUS will be visit the UK on Friday, July 13, when it is said it is "likely" he will meet the Queen at either Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle.

An estimated 200,000 people attend Durham Big Meeting, which is held on the second Saturday of July each year.

An estimated 200,000 people attend Durham Big Meeting, which is held on the second Saturday of July each year.

Downing Street called has called it "working visit" and it is not thought to be the full-blown state visit Mr Trump was promised last year.

Durham Miners' Gala, which will be held on Saturday, July 14, will feature Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn among its speakers and usually attracts a crowd of around 200,000, according to its organisers at Durham Miners' Association (DMA).

In response to the president's visit, Durham Stop the War, the Newcastle branch of the group, Newcastle Unites, Newcastle Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Newcastle Stand Up To Trump have confirmed they are planning to join the Big Meeting's parade with a group to show their opposition to the president.

A spokesman said: "Donald Trump is visiting the UK on Friday 13 July.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is scheduled to speak at this summer's Durham Miners' Gala after addressing the crowds last summer.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is scheduled to speak at this summer's Durham Miners' Gala after addressing the crowds last summer.

"On the following day we will be organising a large Together Against Trump bloc at the Durham Miners’ Gala, marching against racism, sexism and war."

More details are expected to follow.

The DMA has said it has noted that Mr Trump is to arrive in Britain the day before the largest event in its calendar

Its secretary Alan Cummings said: “The Durham Miners’ Gala is Britain’s biggest celebration of community, collectivism and international solidarity.

DMA chief Alan Cummings says he expects speakers at the Big Meeting, which last year attracted an audience of 80,000, to make reference to Donald Trump's visit, which will happen the day before the event.

DMA chief Alan Cummings says he expects speakers at the Big Meeting, which last year attracted an audience of 80,000, to make reference to Donald Trump's visit, which will happen the day before the event.

“It has been a carnival of unity and hope since 1871.

"The Gala gives a voice to the oppressed, and expresses our desire to build a better, more peaceful world.

“We stand against everything Donald Trump represents.

“We expect this year’s Durham Miners’ Gala, on Saturday, July 14, to be the biggest and best yet, and we look forward to welcoming record crowds to Durham.”

Tens of thousands of people march through Durham as part of the event.

Tens of thousands of people march through Durham as part of the event.

He added he expects speakers on the field to acknowledge Mr Trump's visit during the speeches.