New Murton banner is unfurled

A wonderful new banner for Murton has been unfurled - 30 years on from the closure of the colliery.

The people of Murton turned out in force despite the awful weather to see the unfurling of the banner at The Glebe Centre on Saturday night. 

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New banner for Murton

A group of volunteers who banded together to promote their mining heritage are preparing to unfurl a new banner for Murton (excerpt previewed above).

Elliot Dixon, Chris Nutton, Michael Rawlinson and Laura Dixon formed a new banner group to preserve the values of their community for a new generation.

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Davey Ayre 1931 - 2021

Davey Ayre, who has passed away aged 90, was a greatly respected and much loved trade unionist and activist.

Like trade unionists and socialists across our region and further afield, everyone at the Durham Miners’ Association is greatly saddened by his passing. Davey was a wonderful man who dedicated his life to his community and his class.

Davey is pictured above with the DMA area banner and his friend Kathyrne Wray campaigning for Durham's Teaching Assistants.

Please see below for funeral details.

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CATHEDRAL SERVICE CELEBRATES 150 YEARS OF THE DURHAM MINERS GALA

A special service at Durham Cathedral has celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Durham Miners Gala.

The world’s greatest celebration of community, solidarity and working class life was first held in 1871.

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Durham Miners pay tribute to Dick Quin

Everyone at the Durham Miners Association (DMA) is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dick Quin, who served as secretary of the DMA Brass Band for more than three decades.

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DURHAM CATHEDRAL TO HOST GALA 150th ANNIVERSARY SERVICE

The 150th anniversary of the Durham Miners' Gala will be celebrated at a special service at Durham Cathedral.

Known as The Big Meeting, the annual celebration of community, solidarity and the coal mining heritage of County Durham was first held in 1871. The Miners Festival Service at Durham Cathedral has been part of every Gala since 1897.

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Thomas Hepburn Memorial Service 2021

The Durham Miners Association will commemorate the great Thomas Hepburn, leader of the first miners' trade union.
A public memorial service returns to St Mary's Church, Heworth following a two-year hiatus on Saturday 25 September, beginning at 11am.
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Durham miners support Allen Young for MPS trustee

The Durham Miners Association (DMA) Executive Committee is pleased to support Allen Young in the election for Mineworkers Pension Scheme (MPS) Trustee to represent North East and Overseas. Allen has a tremendous record of service as a trustee and gave evidence to the BEIS committee  which considered the appropriation of the surpluses accrued by the scheme.

Please read Allen's statement below.

 

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Durham Miners mark 150 years of the Gala

Banners, brass band music, and poetry marked the 150 years to the day since the first Durham Miners Gala.

The first Gala was held in the amphitheatre at Wharton Park on 12 August 1871. Today, the Durham Miners Association (DMA) returned to the site a century and half later to honour the anniversary.

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Derek Sleightholme 1935–2021

The DMA has said farewell to union and community stalwart Derek Sleightholme. 

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