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 Thousands of families expected at Durham Miners' Gala


​THOUSANDS of families are expected to pack the streets for tomorrow’s Durham Miners’ Gala and extra police will be on patrol to make sure the traditional event passes off smoothly.
The colourful celebration of Durham’s coalfield communities takes place on Saturday and is expected to attract families from across the region and beyond.
Police have been working closely with organisers for months to ensure the popular event takes place without incident and officers will be on hand at key points across the city to keep the public safe throughout the day.
A number of road closures and parking restrictions will be in place from Friday night onwards to allow the parade to follow its usual route through the city centre and drivers are urged to plan their journey accordingly.
Superintendent Richie Allen said: “The Miners’ Gala is steeped in history and is a wonderful family day out.
“I know our officers always look forward to Gala Day because there is such a friendly atmosphere as the city welcomes visitors from across the country.
“We hope everyone has an enjoyable day out and our officers will be there to provide assistance if it’s needed.