Sources have suggested that some small changes to the 2020 Durham Miners’ Gala may need to be made, after the event was added to the aristocratic social season calendar. The news comes just days after Michael Gove announced that following the Tory penetration of the Red Wall in the election, the event would now be taking place in a Conservative constituency.
‘DMG2020 is already proving to be the must have ticket for debutantes next year’, said a breathless Cynthia Paige-Turner, society correspondent at Tatler. ‘It promises an exciting mix of working class union songs, seminars on historical materialism, and the chance to rub shoulders with hundreds of bearded Marxists, many of whom will be bringing their own sandwiches with them’.
‘The Gala looks like it could be a natural dress rehearsal for the Queen Charlotte Ball in September’, continued Marsha D’Ancona, editor of Debretts. ‘Perhaps a few tweaks would help bring the event in line with what you encounter at Glyndebourne and Ascot. Some modest country house accommodation options for those of us bringing domestic staff and horses with us? And a Krug and cavier pop up tent where the bands congregate? You can’t march on an empty stomach after all’.
‘Those union banners with images of Lenin and Scargill are also so…1970s’, continued D’Ancona. ‘Some subtle Farrow and Ball wallpaper designs would be much easier on the eye, maybe with a classy portrait of Jacob Rees-Mogg woven in’.
The date of the gala may also need to be moved. ‘July is already frightfully busy with the Royal Academy summer exhibition and Henley, of course’, said Paige-Turner. ‘I’m sure many of the attendees at the Miners’ Gala will also have debenture tickets for the whole of Wimbledon fortnight. I really wouldn’t want to have to choose between the two.’
The date for the Gala is likely to be confirmed after other Northern events have been slotted into the social calendar, including the Whitley Bay Boxing day dip and the Hull Fair.