The 134th Miners Gala or Big Meeting was probably one of the best in its history. From early in the morning Colliery Banner Groups and Bands arrived in Durham. As the sun got hotter the atmosphere in the crowds raised to welcome the start of the parade to the racecourse.
As the Banners passed the County Hotel the leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn surrounded by Union leaders and both local and national politicians greeted them. This is the tradition of the Gala, which is undoubtedly the most important annual event to celebrate workers solidarity, trade unionism and the Labour Party.
On the racecourse the City of Durham Labour Party volunteers provided the Tea Tent and stalls to recruit new members, sell merchandise, and raise funds from a tombola. We thank all of our volunteers, not just those who worked on one of the hottest days of the year but also those who had helped to prepare for this event.
We are also very grateful for the thousands of people who come and support us each year by buying their lunch and teas.
Labour Party Miners Gala Raffle
Thank-you to everyone who purchased tickets for the Miners Gala Raffle. We share the proceeds equally between the Miners Gala and Labour Party Campaign Funds. The draw was made by Emily Thornberry on the Friday evening at the Davey Hopper memorial lecture. The 1st prize of tea with Dennis Skinner was won by Barbara Campbell from Stockton who took along her sister. Barbara said “I was thrilled to win the chance to chat to the ‘Beast of Bolsover’, but look which cheeky bugger tried to muscle in on my prize”.
The full list of winners is as follows:
1st- Tea with Dennis – Barbara Campbell, Stockton on Tees (online)
2nd Durham County Cricket Bat – John Ashby, Durham City
3rd Ben Stokes Shirt – Elizabeth, Gilesgate
Champagne – Angela Hankin, Framwellgate Moor (online)
GMB Whisky – Carol Berry, North West Durham
Wine – Matthew Teale, Gilesgate (online)
GMB Books – Nick Carmichael, Newcastle (online)
The Rowland Burton’s book – Harry Cross, Durham City
However, the highlight for many people each year is the Speeches from the Stage and this year they were electrifying. Ian Lavery, Emily Thornberry, Dennis Skinner, Alan Cummings, Jennie Formby and of course the highlight, Jeremy Corbyn. He exposed the failings of this Tory government, the disaster it is making of Brexit, the damage it is doing to our NHS, the shambles it has made of our rail industry and the harm austerity has done to our communities and so many people. Labour rejects these policies of greed for the few at the expense of the Many and offers hope for a better future based on justice, equality and tolerance.