Councilors have offered their support to build a permanent memorial to the late Jack Charlton in his Northumberland home town of Ashington.

Charlton, who died after fighting a long-term illness last month, was part of the England squad that won the World Cup in 1966. He also managed the national team of the Republic of Ireland and made 629 appearances between 1950 and 1973 for Leeds United.

Labor councilor Liam Lavery, who has already approached sculptor Tom Maley, the man in charge of making the statues of Sir Bobby Robson and Alan Shearer at St James’ Park, put forward plans for the statue.

However though it is not yet known which sculptor will be using, Lavery says he has already obtained thousands of pounds of contributions from the public, as well as support pledged by local businesses.

It is estimated that the building will cost anywhere in the range of £ 10,000 to £100,000, depending on the monument ‘s size.

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