Second charity football event set for August Bank Holiday weekend

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After its highly inaugural success last year, the second instalment of the Les Alderson Memorial charity football match between a Steve Harmison Select XI and a Bedlington Select gathers momentum ahead of the clash on Sunday, August 24.

The game, a massive hit last time round, raised a substantial sum for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MDNA) and organisers are hoping for a similar if not better outcome.

The timetable of events on the day is: noon to 1.10pm, junior game, Ashington CFC U13s v Ashington Colliers U13s; 1.15pm to 1.45pm, train with Ashington FC’s James Taylor; 2pm, Steven Harmison Select v Bedlington Select; 3.45pm to 4.15pm, presentation of the Les Alderson Memorial Trophy by Ashington chairman and MP for Wansbeck Ian Lavery; 4.15pm, raffle drawn in the bar (and possibly silent auction closing); 4.30pm to 6.30pm, children’s disco; 6.30pm to late, adults disco including happy hour 8pm to 9pm.

On the day there will be a food van, bouncy castle, tombola, face painter and cake stall, and there will be a programme for £1 which if brought to Ashington’s Ebac Northern League first division derby clash against Bedlington Terriers on the Monday (or a pull out) will see a £1 discount on the entrance fee.

“We will be asking for donations of £3 adults, £1 concessions on entry with all proceeds from the day going to MNDA (includes donations from the food van etc),” said a spokesperson.