Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Belting out Tune on the Blaydon Bus; Celebrating 150 Years of History

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Belting out Tune on the Blaydon Bus; Celebrating 150 Years of History

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OPERA singer Graeme Danby swapped the grand stage of Italy's La Scala for a seat on a North East bus to belt out his latest performance.

The Consett-born star is a man on a musical mission - to teach the world to sing The Blaydon Races.

To get his campaign off to a flying start, Graeme joined passengers on the road to Blaydon aboard Go North East's Blaydon Racers service to find out just how many people know the words to the Geordie national anthem.

"I was hoping that at least a good handful would know the words, but sadly I was mistaken," said Graeme, who had just flown in from rehearsals at La Scala opera house in Milan.

"It's the 150th anniversary of the Blaydon Races this year and it would be great if we could get everyone singing it."

In 2008, Graeme led the singing of the anthem on the St James' Park pitch before a capacity crowd at the derby game between Newcastle United and Sunderland.

Now bus operator Go North East is to take up the campaign by displaying the words to the song on each of its Blaydon Racers buses. …

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