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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GALA DEDICATED TO KEY WORKERS

The Durham Miners’ Association (DMA) has announced that next year’s Gala will be dedicated to all our key workers.

The Gala was due to be held today (Saturday 10 July) but was cancelled for the second year running due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This year is the 150th anniversary of the first Gala.

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Farewell Jean Lamb

It is with immense sadness that we have learned of the death of Jean Lamb (pictured front row, right), a key member of the Miners Wives support group in Hetton and across Durham.

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DMA welcomes parliamentary report on mineworkers pension scheme

The Durham Miners Association has welcomed a parliamentary report calling for the return of at least £1.2 billion to the Mineworkers Pension Scheme (MPS).

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Farewell to Rick Sumner

Everyone at the Durham Miners Association is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Rick Sumner, founder of the National Justice for Mineworkers Campaign (NJMC).

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