Every year, more than 150,000 people march in Britain’s biggest celebration of trade union and community values – the Durham Miners’ Gala.
Since 1871, the Gala has given a voice to the oppressed throughout the world. It has expressed the vital importance of trade unionism, the duty to look after each other in the community and the desire to build a society where wealth is created for the common good. Above all, the Gala commemorates the past, as part of a living movement, which desires to build a better future for all.
The Friends of the Durham Miners’ Gala has been created by the Durham Miners’ Association, alongside several major trade unions to secure the long-term future of the Gala.
The aim is to bring together a group of friends or "Marras" who will support the Gala financially to create a fund to cover the costs of running the Gala and to support the various community banner groups in hiring bands.
By working together we can make sure that the principles carried forward over the Gala’s 145-year history are upheld for generations to come.
"The past we inherit, the future we build."