According to the Internet source given below, George "Geordie" Ridley was a Tyneside concert hall songwriter and performer born in Gateshead.
Described as Tyneside's most famous songwriter he started work as an eight-year old boy in the pits for 10 years before becoming a waggon-rider for a heavy engineering firm. He was seriously injured at the firm leaving him to become an entertainer to make a living.
His career was short-lived due to his injury from which he never really recovered. He performed widely through the North England in many venues amongst which were the Grainger Concert Hall
, the Wheat Sheaf Music Hall
and the Tyne Concert Hall
. His best know song is undoubtedly The Blaydon Races
which he first sang in Balmbra's Music Hall in 1862.
He died in Gateshead.
||George "Geordie" Ridley
||Biography by wikipedia.org.