150th Blaydon Races

The famous Geordie anthem is performed at a special service at St Nicholas Cathedral in Newcastle, before the main event.

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Blessing for Blaydon Races

A church service is taking place at St Nicholas Cathedral in Newcastle to mark the 150th anniversary of the Blaydon Races. The annual run through the city is inspired by the famous Blaydon Races song, which has become a Geordie anthem.

In a service at 1pm, the congregation will perform the song and Bishop Frank White, the assistant bishop of Newcastle, will offer a blessing. The race itself sets off at 6pm.

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Train naming ceremony underway

A ceremony is taking place for a new East Coast train which is being named after the famous Blaydon Races.

Our reporter Richard Salkeld is at Newcastle Central Station.

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Alan Shearer meets fans at Newcastle station before @eastcoastuk name a train 'Blaydon Races' http://t.co/HCuZlhOU

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TV crews assemble for @eastcoastuk and Alan Shearer officially naming train 91115 'Blaydon Races' http://t.co/u9Ecd6B9