Sir Bobby Robson tribute captured on film

THE last words of Sir Bobby Robson can be kept forever by his millions of fans across the world.

Faryl Smith with Ray Laidlaw, Billy Mitchell and Geoff Wonfor
Faryl Smith with Ray Laidlaw, Billy Mitchell and Geoff Wonfor

THE last words of Sir Bobby Robson can be kept forever by his millions of fans across the world. A new film captures the highlights of Sir Bobby Robson – A Celebration, the evening of music, memories and laughter which marked the night he would have turned 80.

Another (K)Night to Remember includes Sir Bobby’s ‘Desert Island Discs’ along with a host of funny and moving extra interviews from the likes of Paul Gascoigne, Bob Moncur and Lady Elsie.

Family, friends, musicians, comedians, football greats and admirers gathered at The Sage Gateshead on February 18 to remember the sporting legend. Tickets for the event sold out within hours.

Sir Bobby’s son Mark described the event as “one of the best nights of my life” and, as well as providing a fitting celebration of Sir Bobby, it also raised £80,000 for The Alan Shearer Foundation and Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Lady Elsie said: “We thoroughly enjoyed the celebration of Bob’s birthday. It was a wonderful night and we were surrounded by friends and well-wishers. Bob would have been in his element.

“It was just so special to have gathered together such a wonderful line-up of performers and football people. And to have raised so much money for charity too, really I’m just blown away. It says a lot about the commitment of everyone involved in the organisation of the night, the generosity of the sponsors Virgin Money and the people who gave up time to appear that it all ran so smoothly. People are still talking about it.”

The team behind the film, Brian and Helen Mawson, Geoff Wonfor and Ray Laidlaw, also produced the popular A Knight to Remember DVD in 2009, which has raised more than £100,000 for Sir Bobby’s foundation.

The charity night was originally planned with Sir Bobby’s involvement in 2009 and he filmed what became his last interviews.

Hosted by Jim Rosenthal and former Lindisfarne singer Billy Mitchell, it featured an amazing line-up of performers and football greats including Mark Knopfler, England legend Stuart Pearce, Joe McElderry, Russell Watson and Alistair McGowan to name but a few.

Britain’s Got Talent star Faryl Smith, who sang a duet of Barcelona with Russell Watson, took time out from her A-level exams to launch the DVD.

She said: “It was a massive honour to be asked to join in the celebration for Sir Bobby and to help out with both charities.

“We’re a football-mad family and I played for many years in a girls’ football team, so being involved was very rewarding.”

Billy Mitchell added: “It was a brilliant night to be a part of. I had cancer five years ago and so anything that raises more money to help fight the disease is fantastic.”

And Geoff Wonfor said: “There is a saying that a man is never dead until he is forgotten. If that is the case then Sir Bobby is going to live forever. This was a unique event and I hope it sells millions to raise money for such a good cause.”

Another (K)Night to Remember is available in Windows stores in Newcastle, Metrocentre and Darlington priced £16.99. It is also available in T&G Alan, Morpeth, That’s Entertainment in Newcastle and the Metrocentre, and Gojo in Hexham.


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer