Funeral of Jack Charlton: the English legend buried but the disease refuses the final farewell to Sir Bobby

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English football legend Jack Charlton was laid to rest on Tuesday, having died earlier this month at the age of 85.Charlton, who was part of the Three Lions team that lifted the 1966 World Cup, received a hero dispatch from hundreds of supporters in his hometown of Ashington.

His funeral procession arrived at the West Road Crematorium and Cemetery at around 11:40 a.m., where a service for the family was held.

Only 20 mourners were allowed to attend inside the place, due to Covid-19.

They included the wife of the former Director of the Republic of Ireland, Patricia, 85, her sons John, 61, Peter, 53, her daughter Deborah Wilkinson, 57, and her children Emma, ​​Tom and Kate.



Jack Charlton’s funeral at West Road Crematorium and Cemetery in Newcastle.



Charlton at Gordon Banks funeral, 2019

Jack’s younger brothers, Gordon, 77, and Tommy, 74, were both present at the service.

But Sir Bobby Charlton, 82, was reportedly unable to attend to say a final farewell to his brother at the funeral due to his own health.



Jack Charlton’s funeral



Jack’s wife Pat is joined by family at the scene

However, the Manchester United icon and his wife Norma sent a floral tribute of white flowers with a message that read: ‘Rest in peace Jack.

“Sending our deepest sympathy. In our thoughts of Bobby, Norma and the family.

Another message from Newcastle United read: ‘Rest in peace Geordie Jack’.



Message from Bobby Charlton and his family



The brothers in 1985, during a match played in support of the Bradford fire

Previously, hundreds had lined up the straight to say their final farewell to the World Cup winner and Leeds United legend.

Applause erupted as the procession passed through Ashington, his hometown.

There was also a stop at Hurst Park, near the old terrace house at 114 Beatrice Street, the home of the Charlton family when Jack was a child.



Brother Tommy Charlton arrives with the funeral procession



Hundreds of people lined the streets to say goodbye to Jack Charlton

The porter walked past the cars a few hundred yards before the motorcade returned to Newcastle for private service at the West Road Crematorium and Cemetery.

Flags paying homage to Charlton were draped outside the houses, with one labeling him “Ashington’s favorite son.”

Another simply called him a “legend”.

Among those who paid tribute was former England cricketer Steve Harmison, also from Ashington.

“I spent a lot of time in his company, and every time I left him I always felt good about myself and always had a smile on my face.

“He always made me laugh every time in his company. “



Charlton died at the age of 85

Charlton remained an extremely popular figure in Northumberland during his retirement.

He was also extremely popular in Ireland, following his tenure as manager of the national team, which he led to the World Cup finals in 1990 and 1994.

Irish fans marked the occasion on Tuesday by wearing green, while radio stations aired “Put ‘Em Under Pressure” at 12:30 pm.

Charlton’s son John said Monday: “The entire Charlton family would like to thank everyone in Ireland. They have given us so much support.

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