Thousands of people are expected to flood the centre of Durham tomorrow for the 129th Miners Gala.
The event is known as 'The Big Meeting' and draws people from across the region.
Banners will be paraded through mining villages towards the city centre.
Ed Miliband was the first Labour leader to attend last year since Neil Kinnock in 1989.
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