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Durham’s Hardie annual

Famed Big Meeting still going strong after 147 years
DURHAM PRIDE. Lesbians and gay men show their solidarity with the Gala

IT’S 108 years since Labour’s acknowledged founding father Keir Hardie last addressed the famous Durham Miners’ Gala. But at last month’s massive ‘Big Meeting’ attended by anything up to 200,000 people, the spirit of the former Lanarkshire miners leader was there for all to see…and hear.

Hardie of course was the first - though not the only - significant labour movement figure to fuse socialist ideology with a strong commitment to Scottish independence. He was also a pacifist, so would have had no truck with the notion of basing nuclear weapons in his native land.

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iScot Magazine August 2018 issue is a colourful 124 page glossy magazine, choc full of the best crack from Scotland. Voted July 2018 as the best of the best World Cup of Magazines by Pocketmags readers. #MonTheIScot