Friends and colleagues of Durham Miners' Association Secretary, Dave Hopper, have been paying tribute to him following his death.
Mr Hopper died on Saturday. He was a stalwart of left-wing politics and was part of a team that helped revive the popularity of the Durham Miners' Gala.
Long time friend, Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck and former President of the National Union of Mineworkers, says he was devastated to hear of his death.
The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has led tributes Dave Hopper, the Durham Miners' Gala secretary, who has died suddenly.
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The Durham Miners' Gala, could be under threat after the organisers received a legal bill of more than two million pounds.
The Durham Miners' Association has been fighting for years for compensation for ex-miners suffering from osteoarthritis.
But it lost the case, and the Miners' Association now has to pay the huge bill for legal costs. It says it could put the future of the gala in doubt.
Alan Cummings from the Durham Miners' Association.
The Miners' Gala in County Durham is under threat after the Miners' Association was told it had to pay out a £2million in legal bills after losing a compensation battle.
The row leaves thousands of men with no payout for osteoarthritis of the knees.
That court-ordered bill comes after losing the battle with the Government. The DMA now has to look at costs including The Big Meeting.
Could you be the next designer of a community banner to mark the 30th anniversary of the miners' strike?
The Durham Miners' Association, Durham Bannermakers and Unite are asking for your help to revamp the old banner.
There's a meeting today (April 18) at West Cornforth to discuss ideas.
Members of the Durham Miners' Association have travelled to London to take part in this evening's protest over the late Baroness Thatcher's political legacy. The group will join other activists at the event in Trafalgar Square which is due to begin at 6 o clock.
The ex miners left Durham in a mini bus at seven o clock this morning. Police in the capital are on standby for the event. It follows a week of impassioned debate over Baroness Thatcher's time as Prime Minister. At times the row has turned sour.
On Tuesday, the Durham Miners' Association announced it will hold a party in Easington next Wednesday; the day the late Prime Minister is laid to rest. It lead to criticisms that the Association's plans are 'small minded' and in very bad taste.
However its Chairman responded by arguing that the group may respond how it wishes following the "decimation" of North East pit villages under Mrs Thatcher's time as leader.