By Dave Harker

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Few songs, or at least, few choruses, are as famous in North East England as Blaydon Races. It is one of few examples of regional culture that are known across Britain and beyond. Yet the song was not a great success in George Ridley's lifetime, and he died in 1864, aged 29. Here, 150 years after he wrote the 'Tyneside Anthem', is George's story, and the odyssey of Cushie Butterfield and his other surviving songs. Dave Harker is Secretary of the North East Shop Stewards’ Network Published in association with The Northumbria Anthology (visit who have produced a CD and a DVD of George Ridley's songs.

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180 pages, paperback


978-1-857952 11-7

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