Durham Miners pay tribute to LGSM founder Dave Lewis

Everyone at the DMA was saddened to learn of the passing of Dave Lewis.

Dave was a founder of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM), campaigning and raising funds throughout and beyond the 1984-85 strike.

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DMA remembers Louis Tikas

In early October, a wreath was laid on behalf of the Durham Miners Association (DMA) by Graeme Atkinson in Rethymno on the Greek island of Crete in memory of the martyred US miners’ leader, Louis Tikas, who was born there in 1886.

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Official film of the 2023 Durham Miners Gala to premiere

The official film of the 2023 Durham Miners Gala will premiere online on Monday 20 November at 7pm.

 

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Standing room only as Ken Loach speaks at the Thomas Hepburn Memorial Service

There was standing room only as people remembered Thomas Hepburn, founder of the first miners trade union on Saturday (October 14).

And filmmaker Ken Loach received a standing ovation for his address drawing learning and inspiration from Tommy’s life.

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Appeal for strike support groups banners

An appeal has been launched to trace Durham’s miners’ support group banners from the 1984-85 strike.

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MP calls for UK wide Miners' Strike pardons law

Easington MP Grahame Morris has called on the Government to extend the legislation providing pardons for miners wrongly convicted during the 1984-85 strike across the UK.

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Blue plaque for DMA founder

A blue plaque has been unveiled on a house once lived in by one of the founding members of the Durham Miners Association (DMA).

It isn’t clear how long John Forman lived at 16 Mowbray Street, though evidence suggests it was from 1882.

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Ken Loach to give address at Thomas Hepburn Memorial Service 2023

(Photo Ken Loach: credit Paul Crowther)

Ken Loach will speak at the memorial service for the leader of the first miners’ trade union.

The acclaimed filmmaker will give the address during the Thomas Hepburn Memorial Service at St Mary’s Church, Heworth on Saturday 14 October. The service begins at 11am.

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Durham Miners Gala 2023 – cathedral service details confirmed

Details of the cathedral service during this year’s Durham Miners Gala have been confirmed. Tens of thousands of people are preparing to gather in Durham City on Saturday 8 July 2023 for the 137th Gala.

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Farewell to Brian Williams

The DMA was represented at the funeral of union and community stalwart Brian Williams today (Tuesday 20 June 2023).

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