Out at 7:30 this morning to the sound of a local brass band rehearsing in the street! They were heading to the annual 'Durham Miners Gala' a traditional meeting of all the former coal mining communities, with stirring speeches of working-class solidarity and of course numerous colliery bands playing emotional tunes. Finally, a mass Christian blessing in Durham Cathedral.
Durham City would naturally be packed with thousands of visitors and many roads closed for the day. Thunderstorms are forecast for this afternoon, so I hope they don't get too wet!
I head off in the opposite direction, avoiding the crowds and traffic congestion, following my familiar country lanes.