THE BLAYDON RACES RINGS OUT IN LONDON!

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Royal Festival Hall

No it was not the “Sound of Bow Bells” or Newcastle United in a Cup Final at Wembley, but the famous Felling Male Voice Choir at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

The scene was the evening of Saturday, 23rd June, 1951 outside the main hall. Tom Mearis, musical director of the Choir had just been presented with the Silver Rose-Bowl by Her Royal Highness the Princess Elizabeth after winning the Festival of Britain Music Competition.

The proud and jubilant choir assembled to give their conductor an honoured reception with a chorus of the “Blaydon Races”.

This famous Geordie Anthem has probably never been sung with more local pride!