Ed Miliband addressed a crowd of tens of thousands of union members and Labour Party supporters at the Durham Miners' Gala. He was the first Labour Party Leader to attend the historic event since Neil Kinnock in 1989.
His used his address as an opportunity to attack the Tory Government and received a standing ovation from the crowd.
The Gala was the 128th to be held in Durham city. Eighty banners and 50 brass bands paraded through the city past the balcony of the County Hotel where Ed Miliband and other Labour MPs and Union leaders stood applauding.
Watch Julia Barthram's report from the Gala.
The gala developed out of the miners' trade unions. The Durham Miners' Association organised the first Gala in 1871 and it developed into the largest unofficial miners and trade union gathering in the UK. At its peak the Gala attracted over 300,000 people.
With the closure of the pits the event has become a community solidarity event but it retains its left wing politics. Most banners represent lodges of the National Union of Mineworkers in the Durham Area. However, other unions are now represented as well as Union banners from around the UK.