Durham Miners’ Gala

Having just been asked by my band’s librarian to identify the marches we use for the Durham Miners’ Gala (so she can get clean copies made for the 2020 event) it reminded me of some notes I’d made on the Gala and the bands that supported the miners’ lodges in the past. Sadly most of the colliery bands of County Durham have long since disappeared, but the music carries on – and the Gala continues from strength to strength, supported by the miners’ lodges, other trade unions, and bands from across the north of England. So here, in the article linked below, is a brief outline of the Gala and an homage to the bands and miners of the past.

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Brass, coal, banners, marching and music: colliery bands and the Durham Miners’ Gala or “Big Meeting”

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