This year marks the 126th Durham Miners' Gala that gathers in the city centre early on Saturday 10 July and parades all the way to the Old Racecourse.
The 'Durham Big Meeting', as it has come to be known, has its roots deep set in trade unionism.
The first gala - pronounced 'gay-la' rather than 'gar-la' - was organised by the Durham Miners' Union and was held in Wharton Park in 1869.
Held annually, the event is always on the second Saturday in July.
The early Galas would attract as many as 250,000.
These crowds of miners' friends, families and Durham citizens would witness the miners marching from their respective pits, behind their colliery bands, all the way into the centre of Durham city.
Although there are no deep mines remaining in the Durham Coalfields, the Durham Miners' Gala continues to be a very popular day for local residents.