Rescued Chilean miners visit gala

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Two of the Chilean miners who survived being trapped underground for more than two months will visit a gala for British miners today.

Carlos Barrios Contrera and Carlos Bugueno Alfara are expected to attend the Durham Miners' Gala, with organisers hoping that one of them will speak at the event.

Dave Hopper, general secretary of the Durham Miners' Association, said: "These men came through an incredible episode in their lives very successfully. The spirit and the comradeship of the miners underground was typical of miners throughout the world.

"These men are really something and I'm very pleased that we've got them."