Durham Miners’ Gala

Durham Miners’ Gala (or ‘Durham Big Meeting’, as it is locally known) is an annual event dating back to 1871. It is a tradition celebrating the coal mining heritage which once dominated the County. The highlight consists of a parade of colliery banners from each mining village which are typically accompanied by a brass band. These are marched to the old Racecourse in Durham City where political speeches are delivered.

Durham Miners’ Gala, Racecourse, Political Speeches
Durham Miners’ Gala, Racecourse
Durham Miners’ Gala, Racecourse
Durham Miners’ Gala, Racecourse, Political Speeches
Durham Miners' Gala, Old Elvet
Durham Miners’ Gala, Racecourse
Durham Miners’ Gala, Racecourse, Political Speeches
Durham Miners’ Gala, Bowburn Colliery Village Brass Band
Durham Miners’ Gala, Racecourse, Political Speeches
Durham Miners’ Gala, Racecourse