The Blaydon Races

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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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2nd July 2022,
10:00am
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5th July 2022,
10:00am
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6th July 2022,
10:00am
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