Celebrating our World Cup heroes in style

MP Ian Lavery.

MP Ian Lavery.

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They think it’s all over – it was 50 years ago!

It was one of those moments that will live forever in the annals of English history for the fact that our international football team won the most important game we ever played.

This Saturday it will be 50 years since we beat West Germany by four goals to two in the 1966 World Cup at Wembley, and Ashington was a real part of the occasion because of the Charlton brothers, Jack and Bobby.

They were in the victorious England team, with Jack at the heart of defence and Bobby the midfield, creator and scorer of vital goals. The Charltons have gone down in history as the only brothers ever to play in a winning England World Cup team, a record that is unlikely ever to be broken, and Ashington celebrated the occasion in style and with great pride.

I’m not old enough to remember, I was just three years old at the time, but I’ve heard the stories and seen the pictures of that tumultuous ‘welcome home’ parade organised from their family home in Beatrice Street to the Town Hall for a civic reception in their honour.

This weekend there’ll be a chance to re-live those glorious moments when Ashington Town Council organises a 50th anniversary party at Hirst Welfare, between 10am and 5pm. Included will be a giant screen showing of the game.

There’ll be plenty of events to mark the anniversary, but the Ashington celebration promises to be one not to be missed.