Perhaps one of the most famous things associated with the North East, and Tyneside in particular is the song “The Blaydon Races”.
People the world over have heard the song, whether it be a classic recording of it like the Owen Brannigan version
or that belted out by thousands of Newcastle United Fans at football matches.
A version of the song was used by Scottish & Newcastle Breweries in 1977 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Newcastle Brown Ale.
So, what has all this got to do with the title of this thread? Well if you recall the opening line of the song
Aw went to Blaydon Races, ’twas on the ninth of Joon,
Eiteen hundred an’ sixty-two, on a summer’s efternoon;
This means that in less than 12 months time it will be the 150th Anniversary of the Blaydon Races. This is an event that should be properly celebrated.
There is a petition at http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/blaydonraces150 calling for a proper celebration of the event. Please take a few minutes and sign the petition.
There is a website dedicated to the 150th Anniversary at www.blaydonraces150.co.uk Take time to support the campaign. Especially when you realise the the 9th June 2012 will be a Saturday. It calls out for a party. A proper celebration of Tyneside heritage.