The Big Meeting – A History of the Durham Miners Gala by David Temple
The definitive history of the unique and inspiring Durham Miners Gala, Dave Temple’s book is also a social history of the people and communities of the Durham Coalfield.
First published in 2011, the book is illustrated with photographs from across the history of the Gala, and features full colour images of dozens of Durham miners’ banners. Paperback. 232 pages.
“This beautifully produced and illustrated book shows the importance of the miners to Britain in the last 140 years, their triumphs and disasters and the reasons why they march with pride each year with their bands and banners to celebrate the Durham Miners’ Gala.” – Tony Benn
“This wonderful book is a considerable achievement. Rich in words and photographs, it traces the history of the Durham Miners’ Gala, illuminating both local and national struggles and the central role that coal miners and their families have played in British politics and society.” – Professor Huw Beynon, Cardiff University
Dave Temple worked as a coalface electrician at Murton colliery for 20 years, was Lodge Secretary of the Mechanics and served on the Executive Committee of the North East Area NUM.
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