Durham Miners’ Gala expecting record 200,000 people to see Jeremy Corbyn

18 June 2017

Jeremy Corbyn’s speech at this year’s Durham Miners Gala is expected to draw a record attendance of 200,000 people, organisers say.

The gala, on July 8, is expected to beat last year’s modern record of 150,000, according to Alan Cummings of the organisers, the Durham Miners’ Association.

Alan told the Northern Echo that “after what’s happened recently with the general election we think it will put 50,000 on the crowd”.

“I think we’re going to have more people coming to hear what Jeremy has to say,” he said.

“I would have liked Jeremy to be coming as prime minister – a few more votes and we would have… It’s just a matter of time before he is prime minister.”

This year’s Durham Miners Gala will be the 133rd annual event. Started in 1871 as a celebration of miners’ trade unionism, the gala was able to first survive the closure of most of Britain’s coal mines, and now grow and thrive in the 21st century as a national trade union event.

Alan added that he thinks Gala attendees will be in “high spirits” thanks to the popularity of Corbyn’s Labour at the ballot box.

He said: “I’m 70 and I’ve been a member of the Labour Party for years and I’ve never seen anything like it. It was really heartening to see so many young people – that’s the future of this country.”