From Rio to Whitley Bay

Pupils at a borough school had a history lesson with a difference when 1966 World Cup winner Jack Charlton popped in with his football shirt, medal and other memorabilia.

The youngsters from Whitley Lodge First School were treated to the visit after ssix-year-old Charlie Irwin told his dad that they were learning all about the 1966 World Cup at school.

Dad Paul, who has World Cup replicas trophies as part of his pop and rock tourism company, TyneIdols, said: “When Jack Charlton heard about the idea to show the children the replica trophies he volunteered to bring the shirt he wore in the World Cup Final and his winner’s medal to the school which really brought the memories of 1966 to life again.”

Jack added: “It’s great that our historic win is being celebrated in the school especially during the current World Cup campaign.”

“I was delighted to help them to understand how important the competition was to not only myself, but to the whole of the country too.”

Jack and Paul also visited Southlands Special School in Tynemouth too.