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Famous people of the North East and where to find associations

There are many people who were either born or spent the majority of their lives in the North East of England, covering all walks of life.

Join premium hotel group The Cairn Group as they detail a collection of famous people from the North East, why they are so well known and how those visiting the North East can visit locations which have associations attached to them:

Sir Bobby Charlton

Famous for:

  • Part of the England football squad who won the 1966 World Cup.
  • Part of the Manchester United football squad that won three Football League First Division titles.
  • 1966 Ballon d’Or winner.
  • Held the feat of most career goals for both England (49 goals) and Manchester United (249 goals) at the time of his retirement.

Where to find an association:

While you would need to travel to Old Trafford in Manchester to find a statue of Sir Bobby Charlton — where he stands alongside former teammates George Best and Denis Law — Sir Bobby Charlton was born in Ashington.

One of the largest towns in Northumberland, football fans visiting the town should be sure to head along to the football pitch on Woodhorn Lane to see some grassroots football courtesy of Ebac Northern League Division One club Ashington Football Club.

Address details of association:

Ashington Community Football Club,

Woodhorn Lane,



NE63 9FW

Further information about association:


Bryan Robson

Famous for:

  • Part of the Manchester United squad that won three FA Cups and a UEFA Cup.
  • Guided Middlesbrough to two promotions to the FA Premier League, as well as three cup finals during his stint as manager at the North-East club.

Where to find an association:

While Bryan Robson was born in Chester-le-Street, it was at Middlesbrough where Robson achieved some of his greatest feats during his career while in North-East England. Therefore, football fans are encouraged to head along to The Riverside Stadium to witness some thrilling Premier League action.

Address details of association:

The Riverside Stadium,



Further information about association:


Rowan Atkinson

Famous for:

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

Where to find an association:

Rowan Atkinson grew up on a farm that his father owned in Consett, County Durham. However, for an exceptional glimpse into the actor’s early life you should visit the Cathedral Chorister School — it forms a part of Durham Cathedral and was also the place where former Prime Minister Tony Blair studied.

Address details of association:

The Chorister School,

The College,



Further information about association:


Robson Green

Famous for:

  • Actor who is most famous for his 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:

Born in the Northumberland market town Hexham and raised in the North Tyneside small mining village of Dudley, Robson Green took his first steps down his acting career route by training at the Live Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Address details of association:

Live Theatre,

Broad Chare,


Newcastle upon Tyne,


Further information about association:


Steve Cram

Famous for:

  • The track and field athlete has achieved numerous feats on the athletics scene, with highlights including:
  • Winner of a silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games.
  • Winner of a gold medal at the 1983 World Championships.
  • Winner of a gold medal at the 1982 Commonwealth Games and two gold medals at the 1986 Commonwealth Games.
  • Winner of a gold medal at the 1982 European Championships and both a gold medal and a bronze medal at the 1986 European Championships.
  • 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:

Steve Cram started his illustrious athletics career with Jarrow & Hebburn AC when he was only 12 years old. The club still goes strong today, with their athletes as well as those from across the North East regularly competing at Monkton Stadium.

Address details of association:

Monkton Stadium,

Dene Terrace,


Tyne & Wear,

NE32 5NJ

Further information about association:



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