PLAY: Harry’s history is worth celebrating

Thank you to everyone who came along to see Hadaway Harry during its sell-out run at The Low Light, North Shields, as well as in Newcastle, South Shields, Durham and Jarrow.

The staff and attendees at the Low Light on North Shields Fish Quay were brilliant. The standing ovations were appreciated.

The intention of the show was to bring the name of Harry Clasper back into the public domain.

Harry was arguably the greatest sportsman every to have emerged in the north east. The Blaydon Races was written for him and 130,000 people attended his funeral when he died in 1870.

Sadly, working class history is not well recorded and we are taught the mundane kings and queens variety in educational establishments. Is it any wonder young people are turned off by ‘boring’ history?

Anyone who came to see Hadaway Harry got an insight into the social conditions that created the north east as a community and the rise of the mighty working class (Geordies), who took Harry Clasper to their hearts.

He was a hero before football became the sport of the working class, but the standing ovations, sold-out shows and tremendous word-of-mouth for Hadaway Harry reflects that people want to know more about their history and so-called ‘lowly born’ heroes.

Thanks to the News Guardian, which has given this brilliant project fantastic support.

It started off as an idea and was enthusiastically taken up by lots of wonderful individuals and organisations.

The next step must surely be a statue to Harry Clasper on Newcastle Quayside.

Ed Waugh

Writer and producer,

Hadaway Harry