Just a nod that the Gala is approaching. Banners, Bands and Booze and one amazing event! If you have never been I suggest you give it a go what a sight and what a sound! As you can tell I love it! County Durham Bands will be there in force keeping tradition alive each leading their banner and community through the historic city. Whit Weekend in Yorkshire and Gala weekend in Durham major historic events in the brass band world. They are both sort of 'I was there' 'I did that' type of events. The Gala is pleased to have a brass band from the USA this year supporting the Bowburn Banner and last year a band from India took part! So where ever you may be from you can still experience this 'the last of the Great Galas'. Over 120 years of history and over 30 brass bands taking part. The University has I believe twin rooms for £35 and singles for less so it need not break the bank and I believe Durham NUM 'may' even be able to cover that or some of it to help bands travelling in from a distance. Nuf said Enjoy!