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.

President/ Secretary: Alan Mardghum

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Alan became the President/ Secretary of the DMA in April 2019, with the merger of two existing officer roles. A former miner, he oversees the efforts to secure a successful future for both the Durham Miners’ Gala, and Redhills: Durham Miners’ Hall. He also continues the DMA’s work to provide advice, support and representation for its members.

Alan worked as a miner at Wearmouth Colliery from 1977 until its closure in 1993, and was active in the Wearmouth Lodge of the DMA throughout. He joined the lodge committee in 1979, before becoming the financial secretary in 1981, and then lodge secretary in 1985. He has served on the executive committee of the DMA, and as the union’s delegate to national conferences.

Following redundancy as a miner, he became a welfare benefits advice worker. He then served as a probation services officer for 12 years.