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Thousands expected at Blaydon Race event

More than four thousand people are expected to take part in this year's annual Blaydon Race.

The 5.7 mile event, which is steeped in local tradition, takes place on the June 9 every year. The runners start at Collingwood Street in Newcastle, before heading west along Scotswood Road and finishing in Blaydon.

Almost 4,200 people took part in last year's race.

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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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The "Blaydon Races" naming ceremony in pictures

Alan Shearer greets fans at Newcastle Central Station Credit: ITV
Train 91115 arrives at Newcastle Central Station Credit: ITV
Camera crews gather at the stage where the train will be officially named Credit: ITV
Alan Shearer, Ian Mearns MP, and the Mayors of both Newcastle and Gateshead Credit: ITV
Train named the "Blaydon Races" Credit: ITV
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