The North East of England is the home or roots of many people covering all walks of life. There are many North Eastern people who have grown and worked towards making a famous name for themselves.

Join premium hotel group The Cairn Group as they look back at the Northern roots of a collection of famous people to establish why they are so well known, and which locations you can visit that have famous associations attached to them:

Sir Bobby Charlton

Famous for:

  • In 1966, he was a team player of the England football squad winning the World Cup.
  • He played as part of the Manchester United football squad, helping then to win three Football League First Division titles.
  • 1966 Ballon d’Or winner.
  • At the time of his retirement, he held the title for the most career goals at both England (49 goals) and Manchester United (249 goals).

Where to find an association:
There is a statue of Sir Bobby Charlton at Old Trafford in Manchester – he currently stands alongside his former teammates George Best and Denis Law. Despite this location, Sir Bobby Charlton was actually born in Ashington.

You can go to his home town, one of the largest in Northumberland, to visit the original football pitch on Woodhorn Lane to see the real roots of his football career, courtesy of Ebac Northern League Division One club, Ashington Football Club.

Address details of association:

Ashington Community Football Club,
Woodhorn Lane,
Ashington,
Northumberland,
NE63 9FW

Further information about association:

http://www.ashingtonafc.com/home

Bryan Robson

Famous for:

  • He played as part of Manchester United football squad, winning three FA Cups and a UEFA Cup.
  • He managed Middlesbrough through two promotions to the FA Premier League, as well as three cup finals.

Where to find an association:
Born and raised in Chester-le-Street, Robson achieved some of his greats accomplishments in his career while at Middlesbrough. Now-a-days, football fans are encouraged to visit The Riverside Stadium to witness some Premier League action first hand.

Address details of association:

The Riverside Stadium,
Middlesbrough,
TS3 6RS

Further information about association:

http://www.mfc.co.uk/club/riverside-stadium/

Rowan Atkinson

Famous for:

  • Northern actor who is most famous for his roles in Mr. Bean (TV series and film) and Black Adder.
  • Movie roles in Johnny English and The Lion King.
  • Winner of the 1982 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Comedy Performance in the 1981 season.

Where to find an association:
Rowan Atkinson’s roots are planted in Consett, County Durham on a farm that his father owned. For a look into the actor’s early life, it is recommended that you visit the Cathedral Chorister School. This forms part of the Durham Cathedral, and another claim to fame – former Prime Minister Tony Blair also studied here.

Address details of association:

The Chorister School,
The College,
Durham,
DH1 3EL

Further information about association:

http://www.thechoristerschool.com/

Robson Green

Famous for:

  • Acting roles in TV series Soldier Soldier, Wire in the Blood and Grantchester.
  • Winner of the Top Single & Album award at the 1996 Music Week Awards for Unchained Melody/White Cliffs of Dover with Jerome Flynn.

Where to find an association:
Green’s roots date back to Northumberland, in a small market town called Hexham. He was then raised in the small mining village of Dudley. The Live Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne saw the beginning of Robson Green’s acting career.

Address details of association:

Live Theatre,

Broad Chare,
Quayside,
Newcastle upon Tyne,
NE1 3DQ

Further information about association:

http://www.live.org.uk/

Steve Cram

Famous for:

  • The track and field athlete has achieved numerous feats on the athletics scene, with highlights including:
  • He was winner of a silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games.
  • In the 1983 World Championships, he was winner of a gold medal.
  • Winner of a gold medal at the 1982 Commonwealth Games and two gold medals at the 1986 Commonwealth Games.
  • He achieved a gold medal at the 1982 European Championships and both a gold medal and a bronze medal at the 1986 European Championships.
  • He was the winner of the 1983 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
  • Three-time World Record holder over 1,500m, 2,000m and the mile distances.
  • Founder and Chairman of worldwide charity COCO (Comrades of Children Overseas).

Where to find an association:
At the age of just 12 years old, Cram began his successful athletics career with Jarrow and Hebburn AC. The club is still going strong today, helping their athletes from right across the North East regularly compete at Monkton Stadium.

Address details of association:

Monkton Stadium,
Dene Terrace,
Jarrow,
Tyne & Wear,
NE32 5NJ

Further information about association:

https://www.jhac.org.uk/

Ready to begin your star-studded tour of the North East? The Cairn Group has a selection of fantastic hotels in Jesmond that will put you in the heart of the action.

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