The original plaster cast of a famous sculpture has been donated to Durham ahead of tomorrow's Miners' Gala.
'The Miner' by Arthur Fleischmann, was commissioned by the National Coal Board in 1963, and first unveiled in bronze two years later.
Now his widow, Joy, has donated the cast to the Durham Miners' Association, for its offices.
David Hopper, the general secretary, said it would be "a permanent reminder of the heroism and courage of Britain's miners and their communities."
There are planned road closures expected tomorrow due to the 128th Durham Miners Gala celebrations.
- South Bailey
- North Bailey
- Bow Lane
- Dun Cow Lane
- Palace Green
- Saddlers Street
- Market Place
- Silver Street
- Framwellgate Bridge
- Pellaw Leazes lane
- New Elvet Bridge
- New Elvet
- Church Street
- Hallgarth Street
- Court Lane
- Elvet Crecent
- Old Elvet
- Territorial Lane
- Elvet Waterside
- Elvet Bridge
A miners' leader has urged people to give Ed Miliband a chance when he becomes the first Labour leader to address the Durham Miners' Gala in more than 20 years.
Dave Hopper, general secretary of the Durham Miners' Association, said he hoped people would welcome his attendance, after his predecessors John Smith, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown refused to visit.
– Dave Hopper, general secretary, Durham Miners' Association
"I've heard rumours that there might be some demonstrations planned, but I hope not. I really hope people listen to what he has to say."
A record crowd is expected for the 128th annual Gala on Saturday. Organisers are expecting up to 50 bands and 70 banners, including five new ones.
The Gala is Britain's largest trades union event, attracting around 50,000 people each year.
Durham is preparing for the 128th Miners Gala today.
To support it police are banning cars from the city centre from 6pm this evening (Friday 13 July).
50,000 people are expected to attend the event, also known as the Durham Big Meeting.