Durham Miners’ Gala 2011

22 Jul

Members from across Unite Scotland headed to Durham earlier this month for the annual Miners’ Gala and the coinciding Unite Political Education School.

Each year Unite members from across the UK attend our two-day political school (or ‘Durham’ as it is more popularly known in Unite circles) to debate and shape political activism across our union. Our Unite Scotland Chair Stephen Deans comments on the effectiveness and success of the school in the clip.

This event culminates in the city’s famous Miners’ Gala which is one of the biggest annual political gatherings in Europe today. The Gala itself has its roots in the trade unionism of the once mighty mining communities of the North-East, with the inaugural event held in 1869.  Despite the decline of this proud industry the gala has evolved into a focal point for trade unionists from across the UK and the globe.

It’s a fantastic day in celebration of peace, justice and socialism and we hope the video gives you a flavour of the amazing atmosphere. If you were in attendance this year, see if you can spot yourself in the footage!


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