The Durham Coal Miners Gala developed out of the miners' trade unionism, with the first Union being established in 1869. The Durham Miners' Union organised the first Gala, which was held in 1871 in Wharton Park, Durham. It developed into the largest unofficial miners and trade union gathering in the United Kingdom. At its peak the Gala attracted over 250,000 people approximately 6 times the population of Durham city itself. Colliery Pit Banners would traditionally be taken on foot from its...
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