1966 hero raises a cup with tea fans

Football fans from across the north east flocked to a Northumberland supermarket to enjoy a cup of tea with a World Cup hero.

Former England player Jack Charlton was in his hometown of Ashington on Thursday to celebrate the launch of Northumberland Tea in Asda stores.

Jack Charlton promoting Northumberland Tea in Asda at Ashington with Adrea Dunning and Graeme Hawksfield from the store. Picture by Jane Coltman

Jack Charlton promoting Northumberland Tea in Asda at Ashington with Adrea Dunning and Graeme Hawksfield from the store. Picture by Jane Coltman

And fans of the former footballer, who was part of the winning England side in the 1966 World Cup, came from across the north to meet him.

Kirsty Gray travelled from Durham with her three-week-old baby, also called Jack Charlton, so the pair could meet.

“When he was born we loved the name Jack, and Jack Charlton is iconic, so we thought it was an excellent name,” she said.

“I’m the biggest tea lover of all time and I am hoping my Jack will be in the next World Cup winning England squad.”

Jack Charlton promoting Northumberland Tea in Asda at Ashington. Big Jack meet little Jack.... Jack Charlton, 80, meets Jack Charlton, 3 weeks, with his mother Kirsty Gray. Picture by Jane Coltman

Jack Charlton promoting Northumberland Tea in Asda at Ashington. Big Jack meet little Jack.... Jack Charlton, 80, meets Jack Charlton, 3 weeks, with his mother Kirsty Gray. Picture by Jane Coltman

Jack has given his support to Northumberland Tea, who donate money from every box sold to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
Helen Logan, owner of Northumberland Tea, said: “Having our tea stocked in Asda is just the icing on the cake, and it’s great that we have Jack’s support.

“They were really good friends, and he is always more than happy to help out his friend’s charity.”

Jack added: “I’m a tea man, I have tea every morning, every lunchtime and every night, so I was more than happy to help, especially as it raises money for Bobby’s foundation.”

n A video of Jack at Asda is online at www.newspostleader.co.uk/video

Jack will be in the Blyth store tomorrow, Friday, July 10, from 11am, to chat to shoppers and sign boxes of the tea.