Trade union members across the UK will come together this Saturday [09 July] to commemorate the 132nd Durham Miners’ Gala.

Established in 1871, the event is the largest of its kind in Europe and will see trade unionists celebrate both Durham and the UK’s coal mining heritage by marching the traditional route taken by colliery bands over the years.

Trade unionists parading banners through the city will be accompanied by brass bands and will assemble at the university field for speeches from Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), trade unionists Tim Roache and Dave Prentis, Dennis Skinner MP and Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn MP.

Stephen Cavalier, Thompsons Solicitors' chief executive, said: “The Durham Miners’ Gala is a key milestone in the trade union calendar. It is a proud celebration of the solidarity and support trade unions have and continue to provide workers in workplaces and communities across the UK.

“Thompsons has a proud history of working alongside trade unions and its members, securing justice for those injured or mistreated at work. Joining with our comrades at the Gala is one of the highlights of the year.

“Thompsons will never work with employers or insurance companies. We are committed to standing shoulder to shoulder with trade unions, championing the rights of workers across the UK and we are proud to show our solidarity at ‘The Big Meeting’ and throughout the year.”