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Over 70,000 people gathered to march, or to enthusiastically cheer, as 160 trades union and socialist banners were paraded through Durham at the 124th Durham Miners’ Gala. Known throughout Durham as “The Big Meeting”, this wonderful event was threatened with disappearance when the Tories destroyed the Durham mining industry. But the working class is tenacious and has turned the annual Miners Gala into an international trades union festival, with banners even coming from Australia!