Sport has always been something we have been passionate about in this part of the world, and there have been lots of local sportsmen and women who have made their mark at the very highest levels.
Footballers such as Jackie Milburn, Jimmy Adamson and the Charlton brothers, Jack and Bobby; test cricketers Steven Harmison and Mark Wood from Ashington; athletes Jimmy Alder and Laura Weightman from Morpeth Harriers; and Ashington-born rower Kat Copeland, who won Gold at the London Olympics, have all achieved great things.
This weekend we can add another name to that list – this time not an individual, but the footballers of Morpeth Town FC, who on Sunday will contest the final of the FA Vase trophy at Wembley Stadium, the ‘home of football’.
It’s a fantastic achievement for Morpeth to make it to a Wembley final and I, like several thousand other supporters, will be at the match to cheer them on against opponents Hereford.
For the lads who will step on to that hallowed turf it will be a day they will remember for the rest of their lives, and for people like club chairman Ken Beattie it will be a dream come true to see his beloved Morpeth Town playing at Wembley.
In a few weeks it will be 50 years since the Charlton brothers were part of the England team that picked up World Cup winners’ medals at Wembley. Here’s hoping more of our local lads follow in their footsteps. Good luck Morpeth Town at Wembley.