Aa went to Blaydon Races, 'twas on the ninth of Joon, Eiteen hundred an' sixty-two, on a summer's efternoon; Aa tyuk the 'bus frae Balmbra's, an' she wis heavy laden, Away we went 'lang Collin'wood Street, that's on the road to Blaydon.
A re-imagining of the poster that Geordie Ridley might have seen before taking the journey to Blaydon - the subject of his famous anthem.
A re-imagining of the poster that might have advertised what is thought to be the very first competitive fixture between Sunderland and Newcastle, the first Wear/Tyne derby - a game that Sunderland won 2-1.
A re-imagining of the poster that might have advertised what is thought to be the first competitive Tyne/Wear derby at St. James' Park, Newcastle - a game that Newcastle won 1-0 taking them through to the next round.
A re-imagining of the poster that might have advertised music legend Jimi Hendrix's famous gig at Newcastle's a'GoGo Club in March 1967. Designed using original branding from the Club a'GoGo and various other advertisements to combine to make a poster.
A recreation of a poster that might have been used to promote the inaugural Great North Run from Newcastle to South Shields that would attract 12,000 runners and later become the world's biggest half marathon.
Each poster celebrates a different event, dating back to the coach journey that Geordie Ridley would have taken to Blaydon, the subject of his famous Geordie anthem, The Blaydon Races, right up to the inaugural Great North Run from Newcastle to South Shields in 1981.
Other events that feature in a poster are the opening of the Tyne Bridge, Newcastle’s most iconic landmark in 1928, Jimi Hendrix’s legendary performance at Newcastle’s Percy Street a’Gogo club, the Beatle’s second performance in Newcastle at the City Hall, and a football match apiece from Newcastle and Sunderland – thought to be the first derby wins for each of them.
The final poster is to celebrate the inaugural Shrovetide football match played in Alnwick pastures in the shadow of Alnwick castle, between the parishes of St. Michael’s and St. Paul’s.
Each one is created from scratch, using fonts and design styles from the appropriate eras, and hand drawn where necessary.
The posters are printed on high quality glossy paper stock, in vivid colours, and printed locally, using a North East supplier.
They are A2 in size (420mm x 594mm).
A poster would be a great addition to any living room or hallway, and would make an exceedingly good present, especially for an ex-pat Geordie who no longer lives in the area and longs for home!
The posters have been shipped as far and wide as Canada and Australia, and everyone how’s bought one thus far has been absolutely delighted with it.
Each poster is £18 (plus postage and packing) and can either be sent in a strong hardboard tube so that your poster isn’t damaged, it can be hand delivered if you’re nearby, or it can be collected from NE3.
If you’re looking to buy a number of posters then please get in touch, we can offer a discount on multiple purchases.
Additionally, if you’d like a poster commissioned, then let us know – we’d be more than happy to add to our selection if there’s a demand for something else.
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