The IER has traditionally supported the Durham Miners’ Gala as one of it’s key events in our diary. The ‘Big Meeting’ is a magnificent occasion, full of history and emotion. For many years, the Institute has joined with the Campaign for Trade Union Freedom to organise an eve of Gala Rally discussing the big labour movement issues of the day and hosted a stall on the field during the speeches and after.
After a three-year absence due to Covid 19, this sumer the Gala returned in style. It was the biggest Big Meeting in decades – and film crews were there to capture it all.
More than 200,000 people packed the streets of Durham and almost 70 Durham miners banners paraded, accompanied by more than 50 brass bands – the most at any Gala since the 1960s.
Commissioned by the Durham Miners Association (DMA) and the Friends of Durham Miners Gala, the short film captures the sights and sounds throughout Gala day.
Filmed in an observational style, it features the bands, the banners, the people, the speeches, and the Cathedral service.