Over the coming year, we are looking to develop opportunities for our women members to get involved in activities in and around the community. One such activity is around the idea of developing a Women’s Gala to build on a historical tradition that happened around the Durham Miners Gala.
In 1925, the Labour women of County Durham came together and organised their first Gala, to educate their newly enfranchised sisters about our Movement and values. They attracted a crowd of 25,000, and the tradition endured for half a century. We are trying to bring it back as part of a new series of events surrounding the Miners’ Gala, and celebrate women’s contribution to the Movement. There will be speeches, music and child-friendly activities, so childcare need not be a barrier for women to attend.
I will be attending a meeting to find out more about it with a hope to get more involved in the developments at 5pm on Saturday 9th September in the Miners’ Hall, Redhills, Flass Street, Durham, DH1 4BE. I would welcome members to join me. Tea and coffee will be available for a small donation. Feel free to contact myself at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07921213737 or Maura McKeon at email@example.com or on 07753 378 068 if you have any questions.
City of Durham CLP