New location for Milburn statue

The statue of Newcastle United legend Jackie Milburn when it was in Station Road, Ashington.
The statue of Newcastle United legend Jackie Milburn when it was in Station Road, Ashington.

A much-loved statue of Jackie Milburn is on the move to a new location in Ashington.

The bronze figure was removed from its original location on Station Road in May, as workmen moved in to transform the area in a £1.5million scheme.

Now that the project has been completed, the statue is set to be placed in a new location outside Ashington Leisure Centre.

Affectionately known as ‘Wor Jackie’, the Ashington-born striker scored 177 goals in 353 appearances for Newcastle United and was adored by fans for his humility as much as his prowess on the pitch.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services at Northumberland County Council, said: “We know what Jackie means to the people of Ashington and why it’s so important to have the statue in a prominent place where people can appreciate it.

“The redevelopment of Station Road over the last six months has given us the opportunity to relocate the statue and I think the leisure centre is the most fitting place, where the statue can be a sporting landmark and an inspiration to others.”

The statue on Station Road was unveiled in 1995, atop a red brick plinth. It depicts Jackie trapping the ball with his left foot.

Another statue unveiled in 1991 on Northumberland Street, Newcastle, has moved several times and now stands proudly outside St James’ Park.

The improvements in Station Road were designed to boost local trade and improve the look of the street.