David Guy: Durham Miners' Association president dies
David Guy, the president of the Durham Miners' Association, has died after a long illness.
Mr Guy, 66, died at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary, on Wednesday, the association said.
He worked as a miner from the age of 15 and served the National Union of Miners from 1985.
Mr Guy was too ill to attend this month's Durham Miners' Gala, where Labour leader Ed Miliband described him as a "true inspiration".
Dave Hopper, the association's secretary, said Mr Guy had shown "terrific courage in battling the illness" for five years.
"He's tried remarkably hard over a long period of time," Mr Hopper said.
"We spent 28 years of our lives working together and he would never let you down. My thoughts go out to his family."
Mr Guy dedicated much of his life to the trade union movement in the North East.
Kevin Rowan, regional secretary of the Northern TUC, said: "David Guy was a towering figure in the North East labour movement.
"He will be sorely missed and remembered across the region with great admiration, warmth and respect."