A good friend of mine, Oliver Fowler, has been involved for a while with helping the Sir Bobby Foundation which raises money to fight cancer in memory of the great Sir Bobby Robson. Earlier this year they organized an event in celebration of Sir Bobby’s 80th birthday. The event took place on 18th February 2013 at the Sage Gatehead and local heroes Mark Knopfler and Joe McElderry shared the stage with footballing celebrities Andre Villas-Boas, Alan Pardew, Steve Harper, Shola Ameobi and Stuart Pearce. Also performing were soul-queen Ruby Turner, kings of comedy Brendan Healy and Alastair McGowan, the Voice – Russell Watson and teenage sensation Faryl Smith, Maximo Park’s Paul Smith and Gomez’s Ben Ottewell. Darlings of the folk world The Unthanks, rootsy quartet The Cornshed Sisters and the sassy Scarlet Street all performed and the actors from ‘Alf Ramsay Knew My Grandfather’ completed the bill. All was held together by revered sports presenter Jim Rosenthal and Lindisfarne’s Billy Mitchell assisted by The Boot Boy Band and Northern Sinfonia. The many memories of Sir Bobby were emotional and sometimes hilarious, the music was drawn from Sir Bobby’s personal Desert Island Discs choices and the testimonials from Sir Alex Ferguson, Alan Shearer, Paul Gascoigne and Roy Hodgson were respectful and inspirational. The audience went home buzzing with excitement and amazed at what they had witnessed. A 156-minute DVD, Another (K)Night to Remember, was produced to commemorate the event which you can purchase now on Amazon. The money will go to the Sir Bobby Foundation which continues to make a real difference in the name of one of the great men of our times.