Film ID:
NEFA 19726

DURHAM MINERS GALA

1954

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Description

An amateur film of the Durham Miners Gala in 1954 with the parade passing County Hotel, a massive crowd gathering at the Old Racecourse, and outside Durham Cathedral for the special service. 

Politicians, trade unionists and other guests stand on the balcony of the Royal Court watching the Miners Gala parade pass by. A Highland band is in the procession. Crowds with banners are packed into the Market Place.

Group portrait of filmmaker's family at the Gala parade. A close-up of a brass band musician wearing a 'Horden' armband follows. 

The huge Gala crowd are gathered at the racecourse, banners 'parked' at the edge of the field. Filming amongst the crowd, people mill around the fast food area. The mobile chip van and the Overs Snack Bar are surrounded by people. 

A group of policemen walk through Palace Green. A procession is paused near Palace Green preparing to parade towards the Cathedral. A policeman walks by with a large radio transmitter pack on his back. Another policeman on horseback trots through Palace Green as crowds begin to gather there for the special service in Durham Cathedral.