Durham Miners' Gala 2009
See pictures of the 125th Big Meeting and also takes a unique look back at the gala from 1939, the last gala to take place before World War II.
Around 100,000 people attended the 125th Durham Miners' Gala which took place in the heart of Durham on Saturday 11 July, 2009.
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The Easington banner at the Miners' Gala
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The deep-mine pits are no longer worked in the North East, but the revived gala has become a giant street party and a celebration of a mining heritage.
Seventy years ago
Cast your mind back 70 years. Granted, most of you may not be able to, but if you can you may recognise some of the people and fashion sense from the following short video clips of the Durham Miners' Gala from 1939 which were sent in to us by David Williams from Durham.
This gala was to be the last for five years due to World War II.
Since then "The Big Meeting", as it is also known, has only been called off once in 1984 due to the miners' strike (1984 - 1985).
County Hotel's balcony at the Durham Miners' Gala.
The first video follows the Chilton Miners Lodge parade which took place before travelling down to Durham.
The second video looks at the main part of the gala itself with the different banners and union groups marching through Durham.
The third video captures the atmosphere of the day at the racecourse ground. The tradition of speeches, dancing, stalls and banners is very similar to the proceedings of recent galas.
Durham City residents are being warned to apply for parking permits in advance of the 125th annual Miners' Gala or risk their cars being removed.
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last updated: 12/07/2009 at 15:28