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Some years ago when Bob Wynn was the Lib Dem Mayor of Durham he gave an impassioned speech at Miners Gala about the ‘Big Meeting’ becoming a celebration of a shared heritage and not the rivalries of a bygone era. He was booed by some of the socialist contingent which was a shame because Miners Gala is arguably Durham’s cultural highpoint.

How amazing now that many of these communities still have marching bands and banners decades after the last mines closed. How amazing Gala day is fast becoming a beacon for LGBT and race issues, and how gratifying to know that something like Club Resistance’s fringe Punky Reggae Party featuring, amongst many others, rockabilly band The Groove Diggers, energetic punkers No Ditching, Durham popsters The Kets and protest singer Joe Solo is able to run alongside the main event.

Spread across three stages in Alington House, The People’s Bookshop and Jam Jah have teamed up for what should be the perfect antidote (if one is required) to the right-on political agendas of the Gala itself. And all for the bargain price of a fiver! What’s more, it’s all for a non-party but political good cause as the event is to promote The Orgreave Truth And Justice Campaign.

Durham Miners Gala Punky Reggae Party takes place at Alington House, Durham on Saturday 9th July.

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