At Redhills Durham, we take immense pride in our rich history and enduring commitment to social justice. This year, we had the honour of supporting the Durham Pride 2024 parade, marking a significant milestone – 40 years of solidarity with the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) and the broader LGBT+ movement since the pivotal 1984-85 Miners’ strike.

A Historic Banner Leads the Way

The Durham Miners Association (DMA) banner, a powerful emblem of our shared history and values, symbolised the heart of the parade. It was a poignant sight to see this historic banner leading the parade, symbolizing the unbroken chain of solidarity that links past struggles with the ongoing fight for equality and justice today.

The parade commenced at the iconic Palace Green, winding its way through the vibrant streets of Durham before culminating at The Sands. Here, our trustee and DMA Chairperson, Stephen Guy, took to the stage as one of the speakers, delivering a message of unity and resilience that resonated with everyone present.

durham area youth carry DMA banner at durham pride 2024

Celebrating a Legacy of Solidarity

The connection between the DMA and the LGBT+ community is deeply rooted in the support provided by LGSM during the 1984-85 Miners’ strike. LGSM campaigned tirelessly, raising funds and offering both material and moral support to miners and their families during one of the most challenging periods in our history. Their story of unwavering support and solidarity was immortalised in the film ‘Pride’, a film that we have proudly screened at the Miners’ Hall, reminding us of the power of unity in the face of adversity.

A Collaborative Effort

The success of this year’s Pride parade was a testament to the collaborative spirit that defines our community. We extend our heartfelt thanks to the wonderful staff and young people of Durham Area Youth, whose enthusiasm and dedication were instrumental in carrying and walking with the DMA banner. Their participation underscored the enduring connection between different generations and the shared commitment to equality and human rights.

A Day of Reflection and Celebration

As we look back on Durham Pride 2024, we are reminded of our progress and the work that still lies ahead. The parade was a celebration and a reflection of our collective journey towards a more inclusive and just society. It was a day filled with joy, pride, and a reaffirmation of the values that bind us together.

At Redhills, we remain dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Miners’ strike and continuing to support the LGBT+ movement. Our shared history is a source of strength and inspiration, reminding us that solidarity and unity can overcome even the greatest challenges.

Looking to the Future

As we move forward, we are committed to building on the foundation laid by those who came before us. We will continue to honour their legacy by supporting initiatives that promote equality, justice, and solidarity. Durham Pride 2024 was a powerful reminder of the impact we can achieve when we stand together, and we are excited to see what the future holds.

Thank you to everyone who participated and supported Durham Pride 2024. Together, we will continue to make history and shape an inclusive and equitable future for all.