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Janet
8th July 2011, 12:48 PM
For any of our Northern members, this looks like a fun day out tomorrow...lots of banners, marching brass bands and a funfair and attractions on the racecourse.

I'll be there with Nelson Brass...let's hope the rain stays away!

Paul (Meach) is hoping to be there...anybody else coming?

Janet

Andel
8th July 2011, 01:24 PM
Are there any Durham Miners left? I remember the Gala in the 50s when the parade took all day to pass the County Hotel where the Prime Minister of the day took the "salute"

Janet
8th July 2011, 01:38 PM
Are there any Durham Miners left?

Unfortunately not, but their legacy lives on...upwards of 100,000 visitors expected tomorrow.

From listening to the band's tales of previous years, it sounds like a most entertaining day!

Janet

abacus180
8th July 2011, 01:42 PM
It used to serve an important purpose, but now it is just an excuse for people to overindulge and cause trouble. I wouldn't go anywhere near it.

Janet
8th July 2011, 02:18 PM
It used to serve an important purpose, but now it is just an excuse for people to overindulge and cause trouble. I wouldn't go anywhere near it.

Do you have anything to back up that assertion? The band have been for the past few years to play for one of the villages without an inkling of trouble, apart from a few members being a little the worse for wear at the end of the day, as I'm lead to believe is par for the course for brass bands! It's always one of the highlights of the banding calendar.

Perhaps it's different when you're actually involved, rather than just a casual bystander?

Janet

abacus180
8th July 2011, 03:00 PM
Do you have anything to back up that assertion? The band have been for the past few years to play for one of the villages without an inkling of trouble, apart from a few members being a little the worse for wear at the end of the day, as I'm lead to believe is par for the course for brass bands! It's always one of the highlights of the banding calendar.

Perhaps it's different when you're actually involved, rather than just a casual bystander?

Janet

Personal experience and reading the local news reports after the event. I am on about the general public who attend who look for and find trouble amongst themselves on the day. Brass bands are great to watch and listen to by the way.

Janet
8th July 2011, 03:30 PM
Hopefully we won't find any trouble, other than that which we cause ourselves...there's bound to be at least one that gets lost in the pub and has to be rescued...we have a four hour journey to get there...will try and make sure to leave nobody behind at the end of the day!

Brass bands are indeed great to watch and listen to, as I've found out over the last few months...they are also mostly barking mad, but great fun, wonderful characters and excellent company!

I'm looking forward to the day, but not to the 4.30am pick up...I suspect this will be a lost weekend...

I'm guessing that trouble, if there is any, is most likely to be towards the end of the day when people have been on the pop all day and are just spoiling for a fight...there's always some idiot wanting to make a show of themselves. Such a shame that these types spoil it for everyone else and give the whole thing a bad reputation.

We are just planning to march and play and hopefully enjoy the day...

Janet

Janet
8th July 2011, 10:27 PM
Paul, hopefully I'll see you there...

Would be nice to say hi to a few more folks if anyone can make it...

Janet

meach
9th July 2011, 02:45 PM
Sorry Janet!! Made it to Durham - parked the car just as it started to pour down so sat and ate my butties for 20 mins or so. Then set off for the racecourse (tho I had no idea where it was) and soon found the parade of marching bands and decided to follow them. 20 minutes later they hadn't moved so I decided to fight my way past them but it was almost impossible and after about 2 hours I only managed to get a few hundred yards or so. Then it started to rain again so I gave up!! I did manage a few pics in the process - nothing special but I do like the reflections in this one (tho I will admit I didn't see them till they were on the computer screen).

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P7092888.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/36582)

Janet
10th July 2011, 12:37 AM
Paul, I do apologise...I put your number into my phone but what with having to get up at 3.00am to get there, I left it lying on the sofa!

It was an absolutely manic day...

I do think that Abacus180 had a point...there were people fissed as parts when we started marching before nine in the morning....the litter that was left lying around at the end of the day was simply indescribable...we had to keep kicking cans/bottles and carrier bags out of the way so that our band members wouldn't trip over them. It's not easy trying to read music, march, play and avoid obstacles underfoot!

However, saying that, we had an absolutely amazing day with not the slightest inkling of any trouble anywhere, although I must say that I wouldn't like to be on the streets of Durham tonight after they've been on the pop all day...everyone was simply out for a good time, and that's certainly what we had. I really think it makes a difference going there as purely an observer or actually being part of it, if that makes any sense?

There was a real highlight today...one of our band members, 73 year old Ray, had recently managed to track down a guy who he'd been in the army with and hadn't seen for 54 years since they finished training...he expected to meet him at lunchtime, but Nigel tracked him down...this delightful old guy was helped over the barriers and well...it was emotional, to say the least...

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6001/5920377236_33ebbf62c6_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/janetstansfield/5920377236/)

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6131/5920376634_d4e1ab6daa_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/janetstansfield/5920376634/)

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6141/5919819771_24e40e32eb_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/janetstansfield/5919819771/)

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6027/5920381378_4eb46b42aa_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/janetstansfield/5920381378/)

I don't think there was a dry eye in the house after this wonderfully moving reunion...

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6029/5920380302_994e7a8a16_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/janetstansfield/5920380302/)

All in all, it's been a simply fabulous day.

Janet