Durham Beatitude by William Martin

A new film of the extraordinary poem 'Durham Beatitude' by William (Bill) Martin created for the return of the Durham Miners Gala and shown for the first time on the giant screen at the 2022 Big Meeting.

The poem mourns the victims of the 1951 Easington Disaster. The moving and powerful film combines its words, spoken by its author, with images of the Gala through the years.

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Fundraising appeal after the biggest Gala in decades

Organisers of the Durham Miners Gala have launched a major fundraising drive after the biggest Big Meeting in decades.

More than 200,000 people packed the streets of Durham and the Racecourse ground on Saturday for the first Gala since the Covid 19 pandemic.  

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2022 Gala will be biggest since before Miners' Strike

This year’s Durham Miners Gala is set to be the biggest of modern times, with more banners and brass bands taking part than at any time since before the Miners’ Strike.

Huge crowds are expected when the Gala returns this Saturday (July 9) after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

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Nurse and postal worker top the bill of Gala speakers

A nurse and a postal worker will top the list of speakers at this Saturday’s Durham Miners Gala.

The Gala returns after two years and is dedicated to all the keyworkers who risked their lives to keep society functioning during the Covid -19 pandemic.

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Durham Miners Gala – Cathedral service details confirmed

Details of the cathedral service during this year’s Durham Miners Gala have been confirmed. 

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Notting Hill Carnival steel band at the Durham Miners Gala

A steel band from the Notting Hill Carnival will take part in the Durham Miners Gala as part of a new cultural exchange.

The famous Mangrove Steel Band will entertain the crowds at the Big Meeting this Saturday. In return, the Durham Miners Association (DMA) Brass Band will take part in the Notting Hill Carnival in August.

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Mick Lynch to speak at Durham Miners Gala

Mick Lynch will address the crowds at the Durham Miners Gala. The RMT General Secretary has been added to the list of platform speakers, organisers Durham Miners Association (DMA) have announced.

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New route for Durham Miners Gala 2022

Part of the parade at the Durham Miners Gala will take a new route this year due to redevelopment works in the city centre.

The Gala is due to return on Saturday 9 July after missing the last two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Key workers centre stage at Gala – 2022 speakers announced

Key workers will be centre stage when the Durham Miners Gala returns next month.

The Big Meeting is dedicated to those who risked their lives to keep society functioning during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The DMA Band's journey to 'The Big Meeting'

The Durham Miners Association Brass Band will launch their new CD at a free concert celebrating the music of the Miners' Gala on Saturday 21 May. The project developed during lockdown. Ahead of the launch, flugelhorn player Philippa Smith shares the band's story...

 

Bringing a musical soundscape of Durham Miners' Gala to those near and far …

The initial concept of “The Big Meeting” CD came from the enjoyment and entertainment the Miners' Gala brings to the thousands who flock the streets of Durham City on the second Saturday in July. Therefore, our next band project became the planning, recording and production of a CD filled with Miners’ Gala classics, immersing those from far and wide to enjoy the sounds of the iconic, heritage filled day.

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