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Doreen and her time at the Miner’s Gala

Doreen Pinkney, a resident at Hallgarth Care Home in Durham wants to share her love about the Miners Gala and what it means to her and her family.

The first Miners Gala I remember going too was with my Mam, Dad and brother. I must have been about 9 years old. That was 81 years ago, and I have been every year since. I lived at Esh Winning; we would all meet at the Stags in the village and get the train to Durham.

To follow the banners and everyone would what them coming in before settling down on the green for a picnic, all family and friends together chatting and relaxing whilst watching the children play.

After I married and had a son, I took him, when he had a family I took my granddaughter. Now she keeps up the tradition and takes me. The pride I feel for this day and being part of a mining community has never left me. I still cry a tear when I hear the band play Gresford (The Miners Hymn). Men and boys worked hard down the mines, what they did was manual hard work. The miners left still suffer the after effects of working under ground and some gave their lives down the mines and are buried with the coal.

I am proud to support the miners gala, it has changed a lot over the past eighty one years, but the memory will live on forever within me, I am proud to come from a mining family.

Are you looking for a care home in Durham? Hallgarth Care Home provides support for all types of care including residential care, nursing care, respite care, end of life/palliative care and intermediate care.

Date published: 15 September 2017

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