The 30th Anniversary of the death of Northumberland Football Legend Jackie Milburn was celebrated at Ashington Leisure Centre by Jackie’s surviving family members, Local MP Ian Lavery and a host of well-wishers.

Speaking at Jackie’s statue, outside Ashington leisure centre, Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery said: “This is about the 30th anniversary of the sad passing of Jackie Milburn, Wor Jackie, as I like to call him, that’s the affectionate name we use for people here in Ashington”.

“But most of all, it’s not about the sad commemoration, it’s about the celebration of Jackie’s life and what he brought to this town, he was an absolute legend.”

Mr Lavery said; “It was a pleasure to honour the late great Jackie Milburn today at Ashington Leisure Centre, joined by members of Jackie’s family including Laura (who organised the event) and it was a special privilege to be joined by Newcastle United legend Bob Moncur.”

“Thanks to everyone who came along to share memories about Wor Jackie on the 30th anniversary of his death and thanks to all the kids and young footballers who managed to pop over 238 black and white balloons, representative of Jackie’s impressive goal scoring count for Newcastle (which was the record until 2006!)”

“A true working class hero and a renowned down to earth gentleman, it’s important that we continue to recognizee and celebrate what Jack’s legacy means for Northumberland.”

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