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'Geordie' anthem singer honoured
The voice of one of the most recognisable "Geordie" anthems is being honoured by his home town.

Alex Glasgow was born in Gateshead in 1935. His version of Dance Te Yer Daddy was used for years as the theme music for the BBC's When The Boat Comes In.

Gateshead Council plans to commemorate his achievements by putting up a plaque at his former home in the Sheriff's Hill area.

Mr Glasgow moved to Australia in 1981, where he died in 2001.

"Alex is admired by many people throughout the world"
Joe Lisle, Gateshead Council spokesman

After graduating in Languages from Leeds University, he taught in Germany. On his return to Newcastle, he joined the BBC and began to write topical songs.

'Admired by many'

He composed the music for Alan Plater's play Close The Coalhouse Door, but is best known for his recording of Dance Te Yer Daddy, used in the TV series When The Boat Comes In.

Alex Glasgow wrote four episodes of the show, which starred actor James Bolam.

Joe Lisle, a spokesman for Gateshead Council said: "It's very appropriate that Gateshead Council should commemorate Alex Glasgow by installing a blue plaque on his former home on Church Road.

"Alex is admired by many people throughout the world not just for his singing and songs but also for his writing."

The ceremony is due to take place in March.


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