About Us

The Durham Miners' Association (DMA) provides a range of services for its beneficial members who are former Durham miners. These services include compensation claims, benefit information, tribunal representation and legal advice. We also support community and cultural activity. 

The most important event organised by the DMA is the famous annual Durham Miners’ Gala which, far from dying when the coalfield was destroyed, is thriving as one of the world's the biggest and most colourful celebrations of trade union and community spirit.

Secretary: Alan Cummings

Appointed DMA secretary in 2016, Alan previously served as DMA president from 2013-2016. Alan was previously secretary of Easington Lodge from 1976-1993. He served on the North East Area NUM executive committee and also rank and file member of NUM NEC from 1987-1989 and was NUM NEC member for North East Area from 1989-1991. Alan is currently General Secretary of North East area NUM and also represents North East area on NUM executive.

Email: acummings@durhamminers.co.uk

Chair: Joe Whitworth

Appointed chairman in 2016, Joe was previously executive committee member of the DMA, the North East Area NUM and was chair of Easington lodge from 1986-1993. Also served as president of Durham Aged Miners' Homes Association for many years.