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Durham Miners' Gala
Durham miners and their families mix fun with a dash of politics at their annual Gala.
Non-Fiction 1928 2 mins Silent
Durham miners and their families mix fun with a splash of politics at their annual Gala. Picnicking, music and dancing - combined with rousing speeches - made for a great day out. This newsreel item was shot in 1928, just two years after the General Strike. With the declining coal industry, the miners would have had plenty to be serious about - but this doesn't stop them appreciating a rare day's jollity outdoors.
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