Age UK County Durham joined in the festivities at the 131st annual Durham Miner’s Gala.

11665368_366768290187624_1601238907016059954_nWith the sound of brass bands playing and the glorious sun shining, 150,000 people flocked to Durham on Saturday 11 July to soak up the gala atmosphere for the annual Durham Big Meeting.

Armed with our tombola prizes  and a host of information on the services we provide to the older people of County Durham, Age UK County Durham’s Come Eat Together Team made a day of it at the packed out gala. We had a stall in the Community Marquee alongside a wonderful array of other organisations including local heritage groups, other charities and Durham Constabulary.

The tombola went down a treat – a table packed with prizes (highest quality of course) had people chancing their luck! There was a great selection prizes to tempt people – things such as bubble baths, jewellery, sweet treats, ornaments and more. It proved so popular the table was cleared within a couple of hours! A big thank you to everyone who kindly donated the prizes.

Miners gala 1With a game of guess the vegetable and herb plants, information on lunch clubs, help with shopping, healthy eating courses and growing fruit and veg, people gathered around our brightly coloured table to see what we had on offer and had a good chat and a sweetie to boot! We took lots of referrals from people who are keen to come along to our lunch clubs and activities.

We also received a special good luck mascot. A little black cat made out of coal.

A good day indeed! Here are some photos from the day, including some from the Friends of Durham Miners Gala

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About age uk county durham

Age UK County Durham is a small independent charity based in North East England. Our mission is to promote the well-being of all older people and to help make life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience.
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