riends and fundraisers gathered at a special event to mark World Cup winning defender Jack Charlton’s 80th birthday.
Jack, from Ashington, was joined by his wife Pat, Lady Elsie Robson and Sir Bobby Robson Foundation fundraisers.
The former Leeds United defender, who was part of the 1966 England team that won the World Cup, is a supporter of the charity set up by his late friend and is an ambassador for Northumberland Tea, which donates money to the foundation from every box of tea sold.
He was surprised by his birthday cake and took pleasure in blowing out the candle, while charity fundraisers from Darlington, Shildon and North Tyneside, and Sir Bobby’s son, Paul, were happy to be part of his celebration at Newcastle’s Copthorne Hotel.
Jack said: “It was a lovely surprise to get a cake and to see Lady Elsie again.
“Bob was a great lad and a very good friend and it gives me a lot of pleasure to support the work of the foundation whenever I can.”
Jack said he planned to spend his birthday with family and eating fish and chips.
Lady Elsie added: “We had a marvellous time with Jack, meeting fundraisers and there was a lot of football talk.
“I always get such a lot out of hearing a bit more about how people are raising funds for the charity and also finding out why they’ve chosen to help.
“It was really lovely way to mark Jack’s 80th and we hope he enjoys his special day with his family.”