‘Twas on the 9th of Joon – Happy Geordie Day!

Today is the 9th of June and synonymous with Geordie Ridley’s famous song ‘The Blaydon Races’. As a result it is seen as the closest thing to a National Geordie Day by many people from Newcastle. To celebrate I’m reposting an article I originally wrote last year that pays homage to the great city, its history, its culture, and some of its favourite sons and daughters, past and present. It will bring your attention to things that Geordies (natives from Newcastle and the surrounding area) should know, and also some lesser known facts that will probably surprise a few people, be they from the region or not. There’s a section about the Geordie dialect for all you linguists and it even includes a hilarious video of ACDC’s Brian Johnson singing about marbles! What’s not to love!

Lucid Eye Translations

Aa went to Blaydon Races, 
'Twas on the 9th of Joon,
Eiteen hundred an' sixty-two, on a summer's efternoon...

So goes the famous Geordie anthem ‘The Blaydon Races’ penned by George ‘Geordie’ Ridley in 1862. It was written to celebrate a horse race and carnival in Blaydon, a small town situated a few miles from Newcastle on the other side of the River Tyne. The song, written in the original music hall style of the Victorian era, describes an eventful coach journey from Newcastle to get to the races. It includes wheels falling off coaches, trips to the infirmary, monkey shows and old wives selling cider, and incorporates such memorable lines as ‘Aw got two black eyes an’ a broken nose’ and ‘Aa danced a jig an’ swung me twig that day aa went to Blaydon’. Geordie Ridley, born in 1835, was sent to work at his local colliery at…

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‘Twas on the 9th of Joon – Happy Geordie Day!

Aa went to Blaydon Races, 'Twas on the 9th of Joon, Eiteen hundred an' sixty-two, on a summer's efternoon... So goes the famous Geordie anthem 'The Blaydon Races' penned by George 'Geordie' Ridley in 1862. It was written to celebrate a horse race and carnival in Blaydon, a small town situated a few miles from … Continue reading ‘Twas on the 9th of Joon – Happy Geordie Day!

The Industrial Revolution – Why did it happen in Britain first?

The Industrial Revolution, known to some as the First Industrial Revolution, was the transition to new manufacturing processes in Europe that took place between 1760 and somewhere between 1820 and 1840. It included going from hand production methods to a mechanised factory system using machines powered by steam. It led to an unprecedented rise in … Continue reading The Industrial Revolution – Why did it happen in Britain first?