“The Friends of Durham Miners’ Gala is run by a broad group of north-east trade unions, from teachers to firefighters. The group’s aim is to support the gala as being Britain’s biggest demonstration of community values and socialist principles.”
The Durham Miners’ Gala is the largest gathering of trade unionists in the country. This year it will also be a huge demonstration against Tory austerity, writes Peter Frost
“THE people’s flag is deepest red.” The words of that proud labour anthem come alive when the multitude of banners flutter in the breeze over the Gala in Durham.
The gala is an amazing heart-warming sight. Wave after wave of red and gold banners fill the streets, many feature working-class heroes from Lenin to Tony Benn. Many banners are accompanied by a brass band.
The many union banners all have their own individual stories to tell.
They are stories of struggle, of heroism, of suffering and of outstanding victories.
The banners all have one thing in common. They have inspired generations of working people, lifting the hearts and heads of those involved in working-class struggle. They still have the power to…
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