Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is to make an address at the Durham Call Centre Workers Gala in the second week in July.
Formerly known as The Durham Miner’s Gala, the annual gathering of trades unionists and people involved in the Durham mining industry, has been renamed due to all the pits being closed down by the Tories over the last 30 years.
This has led to pit workers being given the choice between working in various call centres throughout the North East or facing a life on the dole.
We spoke to one former mineworker last night and asked for his reaction to the news of Corbyn’s forthcoming attendance at the rally.
Derek Fazackerly, a coalface worker for over 40 years, said: “Good morning! I’m Des. How can I help you this morning pet?”