Miners Strike Conference Northumbria University, School of Art and Social Sciences. Info - northumbria.ac.uk/sd/academic/sass/werc_conf_0704/ Billy Bragg will be speaking in afternoon (1pm onwards) and then playing a Benefit Show at the Gala Theatre (Benefit show starts 7.30pm/19:30).
Here is the latest on the 120th Durham Miners Gala
The Miners Gala –Saturday 10th July 2004
The Durham Miners Gala or “Big Meeting” is a celebration of the rich heritage of the mining communities in County Durham and is organised by the NUM and supported by Durham County Council. The day consists of traditional marches throughout the city of colliery brass bands and banners and their communities culminating in a series of political speeches from Union leaders and Politicians on the Old Durham Racecourse. This, the 120th Miners Gala and the 20th Anniversary of the Miners Strikes continues the tradition. Over the years the celebrations have been extended to include exhibitions, arts events and live music throughout the day.
The day’s events are free and the first brass band and banner sets off at approx 9.00am arriving on the Old Durham Racecourse at around 10.30am where they are greeted with live music and a range of exhibitions and arts activities. Roads into Durham City centre are closed from 8am until 3.30pm and it is recommended that people follow the marches and walk down to the Racecourse. For further details about the event please call 0191 3842214.
The 2004 Big Meeting’s line-up looks like this: Billy Bragg AngloGold Male Voice Choir The Whisky Priests And Benny Graham, Chuck Fleming and Pegleg Ferret.
The speakers include: Bob Crow (RMT) Dave Prentis (Unison) Tom Woodley (T & GWU) Steve Kemp (NUM) Vera Baird (MP)
I've just got back from seeing Billy Bragg at the Gala theatre in Durham. Billy Bragg did a great acoustic set and played all the classics - "Sexuality", "Between The Wars", "There Is Power In A Union", "Ingrid Bergman" and "Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards". Mike Elliot was also pretty funny and I enjoyed The Banner Theatre set. I also saw Ann Scargill at the gig, there was no sign of Arthur though.