But how many of these famous people do you remember seeing at the Miners Gala?
Take look at our line-up of some of the familiar faces and let us know what your best memories are of Durham’s big day. Email [email protected] with your memories.
1. Harold Wilson
Prime Minister Harold Wilson waves to the crowds at the 1968 Gala.
2. Jeremy Corbyn
'Oh Jeremy Corbyn'. The chant goes up and the Labour leader responds by recording the scenes at the 2017 Gala.
Photo: Kevin Brady
3. Tom Watson
The 128th Miners Gala had Tom Watson MP among its speakers. He would later be appointed as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party in 2015.
Photo: Picture by Peter Berry
4. Michael Foot
Michael Foot is among the many people on a crowded County Hotel balcony in 1982.
Photo: Sunderland Echo