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Train to be named the "Blaydon races"

Newcastle Central Station Credit: ITV

East Coast are naming one of their trains the "Blaydon Races" today to mark 150 years since the historic race first began.

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer will start the ceremony at Newcastle Central Station this morning.

The Blaydon Race is a 5.9 mile run from Newcastle to Blaydon that takes place on June 9.