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'A Legend Evermore' is the name of a local history outreach project being put together by Winlaton Local History Society using a grant from Durham Community Foundation.

Local musician RolyVeitch has recorded a CD of songs about the history of the lower Derwent Valley, particularly Blaydon and Winlaton.

Winlaton Local History Society is preparing a pack for schools and residential homes in the area, based around the CD.  Along with a copy of the CD, the pack will include an A4 booklet designed to be photocopied.

The booklet will contain the lyrics and specially-written local history background.

More detailed local history information designed for adults and more able students will be made available to be downloaded from this website.

The track list is below.  When you click on the title of the track, you will be taken to a page devoted to that song.

At present, these pages contain only the lyrics: over the next few months, more information will be added before the 'Legend Evermore' pack is launched.

Copies will be distributed to local schools and residential homes before the end of 2019.


1     Winlaton Coal
2     Crowley’s Crew                                         
3     A Keelman's Lament  (a fictional story of a keelman press ganged)                              
4     The Lead Road                                        
5     Silver Hill Days   (Instrumental)                                   
6     The Blaydon Brick (Joe Cowen)                               
7     Winlaton Hopping                                   
8     Winlaton Rapper Calling-on Song          
9     A Legend Evermore (a history of the Blaydon Races)                                 
10   Blaydon Races                                        
11   Coffee Johnny Wore a White Top Hat    
12   The Battle of Stella Haugh                      
13   The Spike, Down by the Riverside          
14   Summerhill  (instrumental)                                           
15   Canny Old Blaydon  (a song listing most of the old shops of old Blaydon)                               
16   Three Cheers for Blaydon Co-op             
17   The Keelman's Way  (imagining the keelman era while walking the footpath)                               
18   The Keel Row



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