LADY Elsie Robson took a trip down memory lane to visit the village where United great Sir Bobby honed his footballing talent as a young boy.
As World Cup fever grips the North East, Lady Elsie met with budding young players whose enthusiasm for the game mirrors that of her late husband.
She arrived at Langley Park Primary School in County Durham yesterday in style, aboard one of a new fleet of buses decked out with favourite family photographs of Sir Bobby.
Her visit to her husband’s former school and its young football team marked the launch of the new X25 service travelling from Langley Park and Newcastle.
Each of the bright pink buses has been decorated in memory of the former Newcastle United and England manager, who in the 1990 World Cup took his England team to the semi-finals.
The footballing legend died last July after a long battle with cancer.
Lady Elsie said: “Langley Park is a wonderful place, where I was born and grew up and where Bobby came from a very early age of just a few months and grew up.
“Where he practised his football, constantly, with a school tennis ball he was never without. Where he learnt cricket and played it very well for the village team.
“Throughout our lives we have returned here at least four times year bringing our family to visit their grandparents. The people of Langley Park make it a very, very special place.”
A charity foundation set up in his name aims to raise money for the early detection and treatment of cancer.
Information about the foundation, photographs of Sir Bobby and details on his career will be aboard the four buses for passengers to look at and read.
Having seen the skills of the young footballers Lady Elsie and Peter Huntley, Go North East managing director, handed over £500 to the team from Go North East’s community fund.
Iris Boyd of Go North East said: “When the service from Langley Park to Newcastle came up for consideration we looked at the community it served and Sir Bobby Robson was an obvious choice for us.”
For more information visit www.sirbobbyrobsonfoundation.org.uk