Supermac serves up a feast of fund-raising

James Tait, landlord of  the Apple Inn, Simon Donald, Malcolm Macdonald and David Paul, who organised the event.
James Tait, landlord of the Apple Inn, Simon Donald, Malcolm Macdonald and David Paul, who organised the event.

A HILARIOUS night of football tales and jokes with former Newcastle United star Malcolm Macdonald and Viz comic creator Simon Donald was a huge success, raising over £1,000 for a north Northumberland school.

The Supper With Supermac evening which took place at the Apple Inn at Lucker raised a spectacular £1,100.

The cash will buy rugby posts and other sports equipment for St Mary’s Church of England Middle School in Belford.

First Malcolm had the crowd howling with laughter with stories from his days at St James’ Park and how we was dropped from the England team by manager Don Revie in 1975 despite scoring five times in one match – a record that still stands today.

Then comic Simon Donald gave a performance that nobody who saw it will forget for a long time.

Simon teased the audience mercilessly in a routine as market researcher Barry Twyford from Byker, then revealed some of the antics he and his brother Chris got up to as Viz went from an initial print run of 150 copies to regularly selling 1.2 million copies.

“It was quite a night, not one for the faint-hearted,” said journalist David Paul, from Warenford, who organised the Supper With Supermac event.

“Malcolm was on brilliant form and Simon was unbelievably funny.

“A number of people were extremely generous, including Belford farmer Johnny Renner, Lance Robson from the Kaims Country Park at Bamburgh and James Tait, who runs the Apple Inn, which meant we more than exceeded the cash target we had hoped to raise.

“One chap, who just happened to be in the Apple for a pint, gave £100 when he heard what we were trying to raise money for – on condition we didn’t make his name public, which was a lovely gesture.”

Hamish Bell, sports teacher at St Mary’s, said: “I can’t thank everyone enough for the funds raised, this money will make a real difference to the children.”