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Durham City, England, United Kingdom
A conductor from one of the colliery bands gives direction underneath the balcony of the County Hotel in the town. The traditional vantage point from which dignitaries watch the parade.
The Durham Miners' Gala is a large annual gathering held each year in the city of Durham. It is associated with the coal mining heritage of the Durham Coalfield, which stretched throughout the traditional County of Durham, and also gives voice to miners' trade unionism.
Locally called "The Big Meeting" or "Durham Big Meeting" it consists of banners, each typically accompanied by a brass band, which are marched to the old Racecourse, where political speeches are delivered. In the afternoon a Miners' service is held in Durham Cathedral
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