Edition of the Tyne Tees Television series Big Jack's British presented by Jack Charlton, which reports on the Durham Miners' Gala, its significance to the mining communities.
A record of the Durham Miners' Gala of 1969, filmed by the Durham Police Film Unit. Scenes include police gathering and planning for the event, miners and their families parading with union and colliery banners through the streets of Durham, and fairground scenes during the picnic at the old Racecourse.
An amateur film showing the opening of Durham Police headquarters at Aykley Heads by Home Secretary James Callaghan on the 31 January 1969.
Camera footage of the traditional annual parade of Union banners and brass bands at Durham Miners Rally on 14 July 1984, during the tumultuous year of the national miners’ strike of 1984-1985, shot by Newcastle-based production unit, Trade Films. Support for the striking miners is much in evidence amongst the many placards and women's group banners in the crowds. The rally went ahead that year although the Gala was cancelled.
A complete catalogue of Durham Miners’ Gala events and activities recorded in and around the City of Durham by Edward Roberts: the film includes footage from Big Meetings between 1951 and 1955, and shows the miners’ banners, bands, speeches, and fun fair revelry.
Amateur footage recording the Bearpark and Esh Colliery Band performing and marching alongside the Bearpark Lodge banner through the villages of Esh Winning on Friday night and Bearpark on Saturday morning before the 1983 Durham Miners Gala on the 15th July. The band with their banner also participate in the gala and proudly march through the city passing The County Hotel where current and future Labour Party leaders Michael Foot and Neil Kinnock are in attendance. The 1983 gala was important as it was their centenary year.