Segments in this Video

Gala Day Preparations (05:38)


The streets of Durham, England are quiet before miners and their families come to town to celebrate. Police set up barricades. Local businesses are closed, many of them boarded up. The first revelers arrive by train.

Gala Day Parade (05:04)

The streets of Durham are alive with music as a marching band parades through the streets. Local children skip down the parade route. The sidewalks are packed with onlookers, and miners carry the banner of the National Union of Mineworkers.

Gala Day Activities (04:58)

Politicians, including Hugh Gaitskell and George Brown, appear at a rally to address social issues. The crowd listens to a speech about the welfare state, public ownership, and social justice. Elsewhere, teens dance and others watch wrestlers grapple.

Gala Day Religious Service (03:29)

Durham’s streets swell with revelers. Locals gather at a cathedral to sing hymns.

Gala Day Ending (04:49)

A man watches a couple in the woods. Garbage litters the streets; Bobbies make an arrest. At night, revelers participate in various activities. The next day, clean-up begins

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Gala Day

Part of the Series : Free Cinema Collection
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A description of the various activities of Gala Day held annually at Durham when the miners and their families come to town.

Length: 25 minutes

Item#: BVL186351

Copyright date: ©1963

Closed Captioned

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