13 pictures showing Sunderland pitmen's pride at the Durham Miners Gala

Sunderland will be on the march again this weekend.

Wednesday, 10th July 2019, 4:45 pm
Updated Wednesday, 10th July 2019, 6:57 pm
The Monkwearmouth lodge passes the County Hotel in 2003. Recognise anyone you know?

And to give you a flavour of what’s to come at the Miners Gala, here’s a reminder of the Sunderland lodges parading through the streets of Durham over the years.

Monkwearmouth, Hylton, Silksworth, Herrington and Usworth all make our photo spread.

So take a look and see if these scenes bring back memories. If they do, email [email protected] and tell us more.

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Silkswoth lodge waits in turn to march towards the County Hall.
The Hylton banner heading towards the parade ground in 1970.
Marching proudly on is the New Herrington lodge in 2003.
Silksworth on the march in 1967.
Smartly dressed as they parade through the Market Place with Hylton's lodge banner.
Hylton pit's contingency was out in force in 1979.
George Goodrum and his 13 year son, Stephen are dressed up in Sunderland AFC shirts they marched with the Wearmouth miners' lodge banner at Durham Miners' Gala in 1976.
Usworth was the first Lodge in, in 1971.
A relaxed scene just beyond the Market Place where New Herrington lodge waits to move on in 2009.
Hylton Lodge pauses before playing another tune in 1971.
Shirt sleeves weather for these marchers with the Monkwearmouth Lodge.
A view from the shoulders for this youngster with the New Herrington Lodge in 1982.
The crowds were huge for the New Herrington Lodge as it marched towards the County Hotel in 1979.