The Durham Miners Gala banners - a key element of the Durham Big Meeting - will see three new designs debuted in 2019.

Among the Durham Miners Gala banners on show at the Big Meeting 2019, Horden and Blackhall Lodge will debut new banners. Durham Miners Association will also showcase their new banner, in celebration of their 150th anniversary which takes place on November 20 2019.

The new Durham Miners Gala banners will be chosen to take part in the annual Durham Cathedral service, which will take place at 3pm on Saturday July 13 - the day of the Big Meeting 2019.

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The banners will be blessed by the Right Reverend Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, during the Durham Cathedral Miners Gala service, a deep-rooted tradition that last year saw the blessing of the first all-women's banner in the Big Meeting parade.

The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham, said: "The Durham Miners Festival Service is a real highlight of the cathedral calendar, and anticipation is already building in the city ahead of July.

"The cathedral service gives us the opportunity to reflect on the region's mining legacy, as well as celebrate community cohesion and hope, as new banners are dedicated and the people of County Durham gather in their Cathedral to give thanks."

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More than 200,000 people headed into Durham for the 2018 Durham Miners Gala event, and 50,000 people followed the banners down to the Durham Racecourse Ground to hear the speakers, which included Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Durham Miners Gala fundraising campaign is also aiming to hit £25,000 to help with rising costs and keep the Big Meeting going in future years.

Durham Miners Association secretary Alan Mardghum said: "We are deeply proud that the immense contribution of our communities over many generations is celebrated each year in the magnificent setting of Durham Cathedral.

"In our 150th year we look forward to our new area banner receiving its blessing during the service.

"Our thanks as ever to everyone at the cathedral for the work they do and for hosting this service that means so much to us all."

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