Morning fog slithered through the cobbled streets when the first of the 200,000 men, women & children funneled into the old cathedral town of Durham. In a noisy, hilarious parade, they cascaded through the streets to the old abandoned race course, where every year the coal miners of Durham County quaff free beer and quiver at oratory at their annual Miners' Gala (pronounced gayler).

Romping past the Royal County Hotel, the paraders roused the day's distinguished guest—that horny veteran of the pits and stormy rebel of the Labor Party, Aneurin Bevan himself. Past his hotel balcony streamed rugged oldtimers who...

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