The Blaydon Races - Tyne and Wear, Gateshead, UK
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N 54° 58.134 W 001° 43.582
30U E 581533 N 6092072
Commemorates the location of the Blaydon horse races which were held on Blaydon Island.
Waymark Code: WMJ5ED
Location: North East England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 09/27/2013
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member greysman
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The song lyrics -extract below were written by Geordie Ridley and tell of the five mile journey from Newcastle west to Blaydon on race day, 9th June 1862, and of the characters and incidents along the way.

Aw went to Blaydon Races, 'twas on the ninth of Joon,
Eiteen hundred an' sixty-two, on a summer's efternoon;
Aw tyuk the 'bus frae Balmbra's, an' she wis heavy laden,
Away we went alang Collingwood Street, that's on the road to Blaydon.

Ah me lads, ye shud only seen us gannin',
We pass'd the foaks upon the road just as they wor stannin';
Thor wes lots o' lads an' lasses there, all wi' smiling faces,
Gawn alang the Scotswood Road, to see the Blaydon Races
Type of Historic Marker: Plaque

Historical Marker Issuing Authority: Gateshead County Council

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