Lets Have A Fitting Party

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.

About spen666

I'm a 50 something football fan and occasional cyclist. I've been a football fanatic most of my life and have completed the 92 football league & premier league grounds previously. I have 1 left to rejoin the 92 club. Added to this numerous non league grounds, a number abroad and you start to get the picture. I took up cycling in around 2000. Although my father was a former World Vets Champion, I got into cycling accompanying my son to ride in London. This was followed by my commuting to work each day into Central London. Then doing some Sunday rides, then some audax events (www.audax.uk.net) and then a week's cycling holiday in France with a friend. From there, I got more and more into cycling and in 2009 completed LEJoG and in 2010 rode in the USA with the Police Unity Tour. I completed blogs for those events at www.aminearlythere.blogspot.com and www.bothesidesofthepond.blogspot.com Feel free to read them and learn more about me. I now am one of the organising committee for the UK Police Unity Tour (www.ukpoliceunitytour.org ) I live alone which suits me as it gives me time at weekends to pursue my interests of cycling and football. (Well what did you expect me to say? That I'm sad at being single?) I'm currently looking for my next challenge. Any suggestions gratefully received.
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