Big workers’ rally, Durham, England tomorrow


This video from England says about itself:

30 June 2017

Saturday 8 July 2017 will be the 133rd Durham Miners Gala. The Gala is now one of the biggest and most colourful celebration of trade union solidarity and community spirit.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

(Almost PM) Corbyn returns to ever-swelling Miners’ Gala

Friday 7th July 2017

A RECORD crowd is expected tomorrow at the 133rd annual Durham Miners’ Gala after last year’s event drew in 150,000 people.

More supporters are set to join Europe’s biggest celebration of the labour and trade union movement following the Labour Party’s success in whittling down the Tory government’s slim majority in the snap election last month.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will be one of six speakers at the event. He will be joined by film director Ken Loach, shadow education secretary Angela Rayner, Unite general secretary Len McLuskey, Prison Officers’ Association general secretary Steve Gillan and Unison northern regional secretary Clare Williams.

The event will be tinged with sadness due to the death of Durham Miners’ Association (DMA) general secretary Dave Hopper. He died one week after last year’s Gala.

In this year’s Gala programme, the new DMA secretary Alan Cummings paid tribute to the “longest serving general secretary in the DMA’s 148-year history.

“For 31 years he led our union and will be sadly missed in Durham and the wider movement,” he wrote.

“It is particularly sad that he did not live to see the monumental triumph of his friend and comrade Jeremy Corbyn in the recent general election.”

The gala starts at 8.30am with a march through Durham showcasing up to 100 trade union banners, many accompanied by bands, followed by the “Big Meeting” on the Gala field.

Four new Durham miners’ banners will later be marched to the city’s cathedral to be blessed by the Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Paul Butler.

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