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At 8.30am on 13 July, the colliery bands of Durham began their march towards the city's market place. The miners' banners went with them, signposts to the past, a visible display of pride in the region's history. From there followed a slow march towards the County Hotel on Old Elvet. The bands played, the march went on to the racecourse, and the banners were strapped to the surrounding fences.

Joan Smith: Who'd want to be beside the seaside?

Because English weather is so unpredictable, resorts developed features to be enjoyed in the cold and rain - cheap food, copious pubs and so-called amusement arcades

Harriet Harman pledges Labour unity in support of Ed Miliband

Harriet Harman today pulled down the curtain on a "roller-coaster" Labour conference which has seen the party gain a new leader and lose one of its brightest stars.

Andrew Grice: How first his bottle and then his brother cost David Miliband his dream

A career frustrated by crucial mistakes

Door still open as a 'massive talent' departs to the back benches

Ed Miliband held out the prospect of a return to frontline politics for his older brother, David, last night, admitting that the quality of Labour's top team had been hit hard by the departure of a "massive talent" to the back benches.

Ed Miliband: 'My door is always open for David's return'

Ed Miliband tonight hailed his brother David's decision to quit the shadow cabinet as a "thoughtful and gracious" decision, adding that the door was open for him to return to Labour's frontline.

David Miliband steps aside 'to let Ed lead Labour'

Labour leader Ed Miliband left the door open for his elder brother David to return to the party's front line today after the former foreign secretary dramatically announced he was quitting the shadow cabinet.

David Miliband - New Labour's golden boy

David Miliband was the golden boy of New Labour for so long that it began to seem inevitable he would one day lead the party.

'I can best support Ed from the backbenches'

David Miliband confirmed today he will not be seeking to serve in his brother's first frontbench team.

The awkward dilemma facing a vanquished contender

After spending four agonising days pondering whether or not to take up a place in his younger brother's Shadow Cabinet, an unguarded comment during the new Labour leader's speech yesterday has added a last-minute twist to David Miliband's imminent decision over his political future.

Foster father for a race against time

The Great North Run turns 30 next weekend but its founder is far from complacent

Ridley Scott: 'I'm doing pretty good, if you think about it'

As Ridley Scott prepares two new Alien prequels, he tells James Mottram why, at 72, he isn't ready to slow down yet

Two held over assisted suicide

A team of professionals held an urgent meeting to discuss a disabled pensioner who repeatedly threatened to kill himself seven months before he ended his life at a Swiss clinic, it emerged last night.

Two held over disabled man's 'assisted suicide'

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of assisting the suicide of a severely disabled 76-year-old man who travelled from Britain to Switzerland to die, police said today.

I would serve under Ed, says David Miliband

Labour leadership frontrunner David Miliband today said he would be ready to serve in his brother Ed's shadow cabinet if he is defeated.

Wild Flower Society: Floral fixation

While twitchers are dedicated to spotting birds, the Wild Flower Society, founded in 1886, is just as obsessed with sighting rare blooms. Peter Marren meets them
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