Shami Chakrabarti will give a lecture ahead of the 135th meeting of the Durham Miners Gala.

The Shadow Attorney General will give the Durham Miners Gala lecture - the Dave Hopper Memorial Lecture - on the eve of Durham's Big Meeting.

The Durham Miners Gala lecture takes place on Friday July 12 2019 at the Durham Miners Hall Redhills (postcode DH1 4BE) in Durham, also known as the Pitmen's Parliament.

The Durham Miners Gala lecture is a tribute to the longest-serving General Secretary of the Durham Miners' Association (DMA).

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The current Durham Miners' Association secretary Alan Mardghum will introduce the Durham Miners Gala lecture, which will also hear from Ed Yankovich, vice-president emeritus of the United Mine Workers of America.

Mary Stratford of Education 4 Action will chair. The Durham Miners Gala lecture forms part of Education 4 Action's Durham Miners Gala fringe programme.

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The Durham Miners Gala lecture takes place from 5-7pm, with doors opening at 4pm. Refreshments will be served in the Committee Room.

Tickets cost £5, £3 unwaged, and there is also a solidarity ticket of £10 for those able to pay more.

Tickets for the Durham Miners Gala lecture can be bought from the booking page.

We've also got the full list of Durham Miners Gala speakers for 2019.

The Durham Miners Gala date is Saturday July 13 2019 and organisers are expecting big numbers again as visitors flock into Durham. There are multiple road closures in place for Big Meeting Day.

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

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