The Blaydon Races

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The Blaydon Races
See William C Irving's famous depiction of the Blaydon Races, painted in 1903.

The annual Blaydon Races and Fair was a major event on Tyneside in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The attractions shown in this well-known and much loved painting include a large open carriage pulled by a team of white horses, men demonstrating acrobatics or boxing, and a sweet stall.

The picture was painted by the Newcastle artist William Irving, who included many local characters in it. Towards the front of the picture, 'Gull Willie of Newburn' is being tricked by the card cheat, the 'Swalwell Cat'. Filled with boisterous activity and fascinating detail, the characters in the world famous Geordie anthem, 'The Blaydon Races' are brought to life in this unforgettable painting.

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16th July 2024,
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17th July 2024,
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18th July 2024,
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