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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Jeremy Corbyn to speak at 135th Durham Miners Gala

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Jeremy Corbyn will speak at the 135th Durham Miners' Gala, on Saturday 13 July 2019.

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Gala poster marks Norman Cornish centenary

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This year’s Durham Miners’ Gala poster marks the centenary of the great pitman painter Norman Cornish.

The poster features the famous Miners’ Gala Mural completed by the miner and internationally acclaimed artist in 1963. The mural excerpt depicts a family enjoying their day out at The Big Meeting against the backdrop of a Durham miners banner.

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Platform speakers for the 135th Durham Miners' Gala

 

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The platform speakers for the 135th Durham Miners' Gala have been announced.

The Big Meeting will be held on Saturday 13 July 2019, with the speeches on the racecourse getting underway at 1pm.

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