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Once a year British miners throng into the medieval town of Durham (pop. 16,000) in northeastern England for what they call the "Miners' Gala" (pronounced gayler). Last week nearly half a million squeezed through the narrow streets to the race course beneath the castle. They heard Labor Party leaders defiantly answer the Tory Party's bid for votes. The Durham gala, which began in 1861 with a protest march against dangerous conditions in the pits, is always a living symbol of the bitter class consciousness of British labor. This year-was no exception.

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