Durham Miners Gala film premiere tickets are still available ahead of the screening this weekend.

The world premiere of 'The Big Meeting' - a film all about Durham Miners Gala - takes place on Saturday June 22 2019 at Redhills, the Pitmen's Parliament, and will also include several other events on the night as well.

Besides the screening of the Durham Miners Gala film premiere, there will also be a chance to hear the Durham Miners Association brass band, and hear a panel discussion with the director and Big Meeting organisers.

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The Durham Miners Gala film is 94 minutes long and explores the meaning of the Durham Miners Gala. The film follows some of the people who help to organise it, and also includes contributions from Durham Miners Gala supporters including Dennis Skinner and Jeremy Corbyn.

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Before the Durham Miners Gala film, the Durham Miners’ Association Brass Band will play for ticket holders in the grounds of Redhills from 6pm. There will be introductions at 7pm followed by the film screening.

There will then be an interval at 8.45pm after the Durham Miners Gala film screening in the Pitmen's Parliament, followed by the panel discussion at 9pm.

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On the panel will be the Durham Miners Gala film director Daniel Draper; George Robson, former Durham Miners Association finance officer, who organised the Gala for more than 40 years; Heather Wood, community activist from Easington and stalwart of the Durham Miners Gala; Dave Temple, former miner, founder of the Marras, and author of The Big Meeting - A history of the Durham Miners Gala; and Charlotte Austin, an activist from West Auckland.

Ross Forbes, Durham Miners Association press officer during the Miners Strike, and now Durham Miners Association programme director and Durham Miners Gala organiser, will chair the panel.

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There will also be a chance to hear from Labour Party chair and former miner Ian Lavery, and shadow education secretary Angela Rayner.

Daniel Draper, who directed the Dennis Skinner biopic Nature of the Beast, said: "I don't think words alone can do justice to the Durham Miners Gala. It is as though this great celebration of working-class life takes place in the past, present and future simultaneously.

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"This film is an exploration of something wonderful and beyond words. Redhills is the perfect setting for the premiere and I will be proud to share The Big Meeting for the first time at the home of the Durham miners."

Durham Miners Gala film tickets cost £15 and can be booked on the Redhills website booking page. Proceeds from the Durham Miners Gala film premiere will go to the Marras – Friends of Durham Miners Gala.

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