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iScot’s DAVE BOWMAN looks ahead to next month’s 133rd Durham Miners’ Gala - or the Big Meeting as it’s called in north east England - and says Europe’s biggest annual community and trade union gathering is one of Britain’s best days out. And there won’t be a Union Jack in sight!

Gala’s pride and passion will attract around

150,000

The 1948 Durham Gala, attended by an estimated half a million people

FOR an event that almost died on its feet in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s following the decimation of the mining industry by Margaret Thatcher’s industrial vandals, the annual Durham Miners’ Gala is in rude health.

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iScot June 2017 issue - the one with The Proclaimers 'Turn that frown upside down' front cover 116 jam packed pages of the best craic in Scotland from the only truly independent pro Scottish magazine. Alyn Smith MEP - "You're Welcome Here" Robbie Dinwoodie - Saying 'AYE" with LFI Dave Bowman - The Angus Roberston Interview Derek Bateman - More Democracy? Dave Bowman - Gala's Pride Tom Morton - Cadenhead celebrates & Scotland's best Whisky Column Wee Ginger Dug - Nae North Britain Blaze's Trail - Dog for Sale! David J Black - A bedtime story Grousebeater - Promoting The Proclaimers Jason Michael McCann - Subversion of Democracy? John MacKenzie - The Arran Clearances ( yes, 40 miles from Glasgow!) Zoe Weir - Within its walls - Linlithgow Palace Iain McLaren - Photo Essay Mary Edward - The Jews of Glasgow Indy Lawyer - Your very good health Vivien Martin - Spaceman & Spies iScot Short Story - David McVey - Mr Scotland Major Bloodnok and Mystic Mons Meg Heidbyler Soduko ( No, not Sudoko!) Readers Letters