NEWCASTLE United legend Alan Shearer renamed a train the ‘Blaydon Races’ to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the song.
The former Magpies No.9 was joined by 1962 ‘Queen of the Blaydon Races’ Sheila Shorrick-Dodds to unveil a plaque on the East Coast train, with the ceremony being watched by scores of railway travellers and fans from all over.
Local dignitaries and some members of the family that originally wrote famous the song were there too.
East Coast managing director Karen Boswell said: “There’s a real buzz about the station and it’s fantastic that one of our trains, after renaming one after Sir Bobby Robson last year, could do it again with a song as special as the Blaydon Races is to the people of the north east.”
Trevor Cox from the band The Longsands was also present on the platform at Newcastle Central and performed a version of the Blaydon Races to mark the closing of the ceremony.
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