About The Blaydon Constituency
The parliamentary constituency of Blaydon was created in 1918, and includes the Gateshead wards of Birtley, Blaydon, Chopwell and Rowlands Gill, Crawcrook and Greenside, Dunston Hill and Whickham East, Lamesley, Ryton, Crookhill and Stella, Whickham North, Whickham South and Sunniside, and Winlaton and High Spen.
Traditionally a coal-mining town, Blaydon, like much of the north-east, is an area that enjoyed significant growth during the Industrial Revolution; and subsequently endured hardship during the closure of coal mines in the 1980s. Since then, the economy has diversified, and many residents are now involved in engineering and manufacturing; some are professionals that commute to Newcastle.
What we’re proud of
The Blaydon Race
The Blaydon Race is a 5.6 mile race from Newcastle city centre to Blaydon, and is steeped in local tradition. The race famously takes place on June 9th every year. It starts on Collingwood Street in Newcastle, heading west along Scotswood Road and finishing in Blaydon. The race was created by Dr James Dewar of Blaydon Harriers, who also organised the first 24 races, starting in 1981. In the early years, the race attracted around 250 entries, but by 2004 around 4000 were taking part. Last year a record 4600 people entered the race with many hopefuls missing out on entry night.
While the modern race only began in 1981, the original race was actually for horses. This was the basis for the famous “Blaydon Races” song, written in 1862 by Geordie Ridley, which has been adopted for modern usage. On race day, you will hear many bands and people singing the lines to the song:
‘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’
What we’re working for
Our public services
The Labour Party has always strived to protect and maintain our public services; in Blaydon we are no different.
Blaydon Primary Care Centre, recently opened in the heart of Blaydon, represents all that we are trying to protect. The Primary Care Centre provides free access to the Walk-In Centre, and is open seven days a week. There is also a gym and pool available to members of the public.
Free access to healthcare and the promotion of exercise are integral to Labour’s core values. It is essential that we now properly maintain our public services -particularly services like those provided by Blaydon Primary Care Centre- to ensure that as a society we move forward instead of back!