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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Thomas Hepburn Memorial Service 2021
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.
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.Read more
Derek Sleightholme 1935–2021
The DMA has said farewell to union and community stalwart Derek Sleightholme.Read more
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.Read more