Newcastle Libraries and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums are celebrating 150 years of the Blaydon Races song – the much loved Geordie anthem!
Blaydon Races Centenary celebrations, 1962
Balmbra’s Music Hall exhibition
Friday 8 June – Tuesday 31 July
This exhibition celebrates Balmbra’s Music Hall and features a range of memorabilia from the library’s heritage collection as well as loans from a member of the public who worked at the venue.
Talk with Chris Goulding
Saturday 9 June, 1pm – 2pm, City Library
Local actor Chris Goulding will talk about the history of the Blaydon Races song. Book your free place in advance by phoning 0191 2774100.
Tyne Bridge publishing have also released a new book about George Ridley who composed the famous song. The book is called ‘Gannin’ to the Blaydon Races: The Life and Times of George Ridley’ and is priced at £7.99. Pick up a copy at City Library or visit the Tyne Bridge Publishing website.