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Life of Sir Bobby celebrated

A huge fundraising celebration will be held to remember the life of Sir Bobby Robson and to mark what would have been his 80th birthday.

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Alistair McGowan: Sir Bobby "really was a true gentleman"

Impressionist and stand-up comic Alistair McGowan has been speaking about how Sir Bobby Robson was a true gentleman and a big part of his childhood.

Alistair McGowan will be attending tonight's evening to celebrate Sir Bobby's life Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"Bobby was a huge part of my growing up. I cheered on his Ipswich in Europe and our England against the world.

He was always so passionate about his work and yet always dignified and ready to laugh - qualities often missing in modern football.

I met him on a couple of occasions and he really was a true gentleman - and very nice to my mother!

So, I'm delighted to help raise money for his foundation. It should be a very special evening."

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