Organisers of Britain's biggest workers' gathering issued an urgent appeal for support today.
The Durham Miners Association has been hit with a £1 million legal bill after losing a court battle for compensation for miners' knee sufferers.
To keep the annual gala going, the association and the TUC have asked supporters to make a monthly donation.
The first gala was held 142 years ago and this year's will take place on July 13.
More details can be found at www.tuc.org.uk/union/tuc-21684-f0.cfm?regional=3
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