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An Ashington Star

20/07/2020

While not a follower of football, I do love connections with the past. For the vibrant history of Ashington, Jackie Charlton is one of those connections.

As an Australian living in Northumberland what is my connection? I actually examined Jackie’s mother, Elizabeth ‘Cissie’ Charlton, way back in the early nineties.

Can anyone remember what Aarons looked like back then?

AARON (OPTICIANS) 1994

Anyway, I digress. Back to the story.

Jackie accompanied her, so, while I was pretty much the new boy back then I can confirm I have met an Ashington star.

I gather from chatting to my patients, Jackie never lost his roots. He remained living in Northumberland and he was a common sight in and around the North-East. My main recollection of the man was how tall he was. I think all Ashington should not just remember and celebrate a great footballer, but what Jackie represents as a symbol of the town’s important history.

 

Peter

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