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Harry Clasper Flag Pole - Andrew McKeown

Harry Clasper flag pole
Harry Clasper Flag Pole - Andrew McKeown

A series of interesting signage features mark the location of the historical Blaydon Rowing Races near Scotswood and mark the beginning and end of the modern Rowing races that take place on the Tyne near Ryton.

The  metal flag sign near Scotswood Bridge was commissioned to celebrate the historical event of the 19c Rowing races which took place in the area. The location for this artwork marks the race course that was the former course of 19c rowing and near to Derwenthaugh where Harry Clasper worked, and marks the Start of the Modern Races. The sculpture is made from steel  and measures 4m in height.

The ‘Harry Clasper’ Rowing Banner sign visually links with the existing Banner feature celebrating the Blaydon Horse Races, and celebrates the  History of Rowing in the area, by creating a marker to the famous 19c  rower of Derwenthaugh in the 1840s, Harry Clasper.

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