Durham Miners' Gala July 2013
Thurcroft Welfare Band attended the Duham Miners' Gala to accompany the Thornley Lodge Banner to the Big Meeting in Durham on Saturday 13 July 2013.
The Band left Thurcoft at 5:30am and started the day by marching through Thornley at 8am accompanied by the Thornley Lodge Banner and a Banner made by the Thornley Primary School
The parade was thoroughly enjoyed by Thornley villagers and after leaving with the Banners and the Banner Party from the village, the Band proceeded to Durham itself.
The Band played and marched down New Elvet from the Durham Law School to join the main body of the gala before performing for the dignatories at the County Hotel. The Band played Jamie's Patrol and received a rousing ovation before proceeding up old Elvet to the Racecourse sports ground.
After the speeches the Band returned down Old Elvet to the County Hotel again to play Madness' Baggy Trousers to the delight of the crowd.
Durham Miners' Gala 2013 Thurcroft Welfare Band and the Thornley Lodge Banner
A YouTube video of Thurcroft Welfare Band accompanying the Thornley Lodge Banner and The Thornley Primary School Banner courtesy of Roy Lambeth of the Durham Mining Museum.
Learn more about mining northern England covering County Durham, Northumberland, Westmoreland, and Cumberland, and the ironstone mines of North Yorkshire at the museum's website www.dmm.org.uk