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The Miners' Mecca
The Miners' Mecca

The Miners' Mecca 1929


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The Miners' Mecca 1929

1 mins United Kingdom

The annual Miners' Gala at Durham was a Topical Budget newsreel staple - and it's easy to see why. If the brass bands, banners and throngs of flat-capped miners and visitors weren't spectacle enough, this event, filmed in 1929, also boasted a fire eater, lasso display and a spot of sword dancing - a folk tradition in the North East. Watch closely during the final shot and you'll spot a biplane gliding above the crowds.

The gala, the largest trade union gathering in the UK, still takes place annually on the second Saturday in July, despite the decline of Durham's coal industry. The day includes a vast procession of colliery bands, political speeches and a special miners' service at the Cathedral.




Brass bands Miners Galas


Coal on Film




United Kingdom



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