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durhamminers.jpg The Second Saturday in July: a Durham Miners' Gala celebration

The 136th Gala was due to take place in Durham on Saturday 11 July but was cancelled in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The day will now be marked online with a series of new content celebrating the spirit and values of the event.

The centrepiece of the day will be a live online event streamed to Facebook and YouTube at 1pm. It will feature new videos including archive footage from the Gala’s long history, brass band music, messages from key workers who’ve been dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, and contributions from leading labour movement figures.

Other new content will be posted during the day, and a watch party of the Gala film The Big Meeting will be hosted from 7pm.

The day is titled ‘The Second Saturday in July’ – the date on which the Gala is held each year.

The live event will be hosted from Redhills, the home of the Durham Miners Association (DMA), by the DMA’s Secretary Alan Mardghum.

Supporters of the Gala are also encouraged to use social media to post their own messages and favourite photos from attending the Gala throughout the day.

First held in 1871, the Gala will return to Durham next year for its 150th anniversary.

Saturday 11th July, 11am-10pm. http://bit.ly/3got5Rm