- Tyne Tees
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.
The song which has become a Geordie anthem was given a blessing at St Nicholas Cathedral to mark its anniversary.
This week sees the 150th anniversary of the famous Blaydon Races - celebrations began with an East Coast train named after the song.