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Last bugle for Britain's pits

Last bugle for Britain's pits: at the 109th Durham Miners' Gala, attended by 5,000 people, an elderly supporter watches over the banner and band instruments of Wearmouth colliery. Forty years ago the region boasted 187 collieries employing 150,000 men. Now there are two working mines with 4,000 workers and they fear the gala could be the last

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