Durham Miners' Gala attracts tens of thousands

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image captionDurham Miners' Gala is now in its 131st year

Tens of thousands of people, including former pit workers, have attended the Durham Miners' Gala.

The event, now in its 131st year, celebrates the region's heritage, more than 20 years after the closure of the last local pit.

Banners from the former colliery villages were paraded through the city, as brass bands played.

Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn and trade unionists addressed a rally at the racecourse.

Liz Kendall, another candidate for the Labour leadership, and artist Grayson Perry were also among those taking part in the parade.

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image captionMining villages each have their own banner
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image captionBilly Raine, 89-year-old former pitworker, turned up in his miners' helmet
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image captionThe crowd was entertained by colliery bands from around the north east
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image captionArtist Grayson Perry took part in the parade
image captionThe parade culminated in a rally at the racecourse

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