“The Notts NUM Miners’ Galas were days to look forward to, plan for, get excited about and never forget.”
The preparations involved the pit welfares and village committees of mining communities throughout Nottinghamshire. They also involved local businesses who put on displays and were a big contributor to the local economy. The following photographs (thanks once again to the Mansfield Chad) are but a snapshot of mostly sunny days filled with lots of activities for young and old. They were also political events with political speeches and there was a strong sense of pride in being part of a community with a history of solidarity and “sticking together” and “standing up for each other”; a community that was prepared to take on the political elites of the time.
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