136th Durham Miners' Gala rescheduled for 2022

Following the cancellation of the 2021 Durham Miners' Gala due to the Covid–19 pandemic, the 136th Big Meeting will now take place on Saturday 9 July 2022.

Durham Miners Association (DMA) Secretary Alan Mardghum set out the reasons for this year's cancellation in a letter to Gala partners and stakeholders. The text of the letter is published below.

Following the closure of Durham's collieries, the Gala has been funded by Marras - Friends of Durham Miners' Gala. Without the support of the Marras, the Gala could not happen in any year. Show your support for the Gala and ensure this great event returns bigger and better than ever in 2022.

Join the Marras here.

 

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When Romano Cagnoni photographed the Durham Miners' Gala

In the summer of 1963, the internationally renowned photographer Romano Cagnoni travelled to Durham to capture the Miners' Gala.

Regarded as one of the greatest photographers of the twentieth century, Cagnoni accompanied Harold Wilson as the new Labour leader travelled the country for his “People Matter” campaign.

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A million see online Gala celebrations

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This year’s online celebrations of the Durham Miners’ Gala reached more than one million people.

The 136th Gala was due to take place on Saturday 11 July but was cancelled in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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A Gala Frozen in Time – Michael Chaplin

In the 1950s, the great writer Sid Chaplin flew home to Durham to cover Gala day for Coal magazine. He was accompanied by photographer Harry Smead.

Sid's son, the writer and broadcaster Michael Chaplin, discovered a series of photographs that document Sid and Harry's day in Durham.

Here, Michael writes about that Gala, frozen in time, and asks for your help in solving the mysteries that remain about that day...

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Online celebration of the Durham Miners' Gala

The Durham Miners’ Gala will be celebrated online next month.

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.

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Gala 2020 cancelled

The 2020 Durham Miners’ Gala has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis. The Durham Miners’ Association (DMA) took the decision today despite the Gala not being until July.

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The Big Meeting on DVD

The acclaimed feature film about the Durham Miners’ Gala will be released on DVD in time for Christmas.

The Big Meeting has been a hit with critics and audiences during its nationwide run in cinemas. 

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Host a film screening

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The Big Meeting is proving a hit with critics and cinema audiences around the country.

And the makers of the feature film about the Durham Miners' Gala are now taking bookings for community screenings.

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The Big Meeting hits the big screen

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The new feature film about the Durham Miners' Gala is now on general release in cinemas.

 

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The 135th Durham Miners' Gala

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More than 200,000 people packed the streets of the city to enjoy the sights and sounds of The Big Meeting in the 150th year of the Durham Miners’ Association (DMA).

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