For the past 142 years, the Durham Miners’ Gala has been a fantastic celebration of working class and trade union culture. It is the biggest celebration of community and union values in Britain today, and anyone who has taken part will bare witness to …

Walton Pantland

For the past 142 years, the Durham Miners’ Gala has been a fantastic celebration of working class and trade union culture. It is the biggest celebration of community and union values in Britain today, and anyone who has taken part will bare witness to the incredible atmosphere and sense of collective celebration and strength.

It is a stirring experience indeed to witness the parade of brass and pipe bands, and the massed banners of the great industrial armies of our class and communities. The Gala is an articulation of a very different sort of “Big Society” – a society founded on solidarity and fraternity.

Durham is where we come together to celebrate and share all that is good about trade unions, and the labour and social movements. We make new friends, and renew old ones, and come away with a refreshed sense of the need to be politically active, and of the possibilities that are available to us.

But now the Gala is in trouble, because it costs money to organise the event every year. The Durham Miners’ Association is asking all who value the event to become a Friend of the Gala, for a small monthly or annual fee, to ensure that this event continues to inspire a future generation of activists.

You can read the flier below. Download it to print of the Direct Debit for. Please also raise this at your branch and ask them to consider making a donation.

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Walton Pantland

South African trade unionist living in Glasgow. Loves whisky, wine, running and the great outdoors. Walton did an MA in Industrial Relations at Ruskin, Oxford, and is interested in how trade unions use new technology to organise.

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