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Auld Lang Syne composer from Gateshead


It's thought the composer of Auld Lang Syne came from Swalwell in Gateshead and a plaque has been unveiled outside his home.

William Shield, born in 1748, was a composer and musician and reputedly wrote the music for the song Auld Lang Syne, traditionally sung on New Year's Eve.

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