12 July 2008

Durham Miners Gala

Durham Miners Gala. associated with the coal mining heritage (and particularly that of miners' trade unionism) of the Durham Coalfield, which stretched throughout the traditional County of Durham.
Its highlight consists of banners, each typically accompanied by a brass band, which are marched to the old Racecourse, where political speeches are delivered. In the afternoon a Miners' service is held in Durham Cathedral which may include the blessing of any new banners. The annual parade of banners and brass has taken place in Durham since 1871. A celebration of heritage and culture. Brasshoppers, their unique act combines the festival music of the New Orleans Mardi Gras with the Rio Carnival and the Spanish Fiesta, Jaipur Kawa Brass Band and Nymphonik Brass Band also appear on the Main stage during the afternoon at Old Durham Racecourse.
Although the future of the 'Big Meeting' looked in doubt after the pits closed and attendances declined, it has grown again to remain a major event on the North East England calendar. In recent years, funding has been acquired to restore many banners, and new ones parading for the first time this year include one for Thornley, and one for Durham Aged Miners' Homes. They were to be blessed at a service at Durham Cathedral.


Jinghui said...

Great capture of people, festival, expression and emotions !

Nice write up here to share with international viewers of the local customs and festivals !

Susanne49 said...

Very nice shots Carol!