Many families from South Tyneside will have made the short journey to Durham at the weekend to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Miners’ Gala.
The “Big Meet”, as it is known in these parts, continues at attract thousands of people to the historical city – maintaining a link to the North East’s long and proud mining industry.
Although the mines are no more, the memories and traditions of the men who worked down the pits remain a part of our heritage.
Today and tomorrow we feature a selection of photograph that capture the sights of the gala from over the years.
In particular we highlight the men, women and children, who travelled to Durham to parade the Harton and Westoe, and Bolden Colliery Lodge banners. However, they also feature banners from colliery lodges throughout the area.
What are your memories of attending the Durham Miners’ Gala?
Which of the many speakers from over the years inspired you most?
Also, I would love to hear from any miners or their families about the times when there were pits up and down the length of the North East coast.
Please drop me a line on firstname.lastname@example.org with your memories of mining and mining life.