Blaydon Races is a Geordie folk song written in the 19th century by Geordie Ridley, in a music hall style. It is regarded by many as the unofficial anthem of Tyneside, frequently sung by supporters of Newcastle United Football Club.
Blaydon is a town in Gateshead, about 4 miles from Newcastle upon Tyne, in North East England where the annual horse race took place from 1861 to 1916.
The song was written about the coach journey to the 1862 event and mentions a number of places in Newcastle/Gateshead and features of the Blaydon Races.
This poster is an imagined version of what a poster for the excursion might have looked like, and refers to many of the things mentioned in the song.
No posters from the event ever existed (to my knowledge) and so this is an imagining of what it would have looked like.
It is a completely original design based on research of posters from that time, fonts and graphic devices they used, what we know about the event itself and lyrics from the song.
The poster is designed by me 100% from scratch in high resolution, none of it has been cut and pasted from elsewhere which would compromise it’s quality.
It is A2 in size and printed locally (to Newcastle) on high quality satin paper.
Every penny of the profits made from these posters will go to my Great North Run fundraising in aid of Teardrop, a support group for families who have experienced the death of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death.
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