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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Sir Bobby Robson fundraiser at The Sage

The Sage, Gateshead, tonight plays host to a star studded event; an evening celebrating the life of Sir Bobby Robson.

The event is being held on what would have been the ex-Newcastle and England manager's 80th birthday. Sir Bobby died of cancer in 2009.

Former Dire Straits singer Mark Knopfler will attend tonight's event Credit: Henning Kaiser/DPA/Press Association Images

A red carpet is being rolled out to welcome special guests from the world of sport and

showbiz, including; former Dire Straits singer Mark Knopfler, Joe McElderry, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, and comedian Paul Whitehouse.

South Shields star Joe McElderry will perform at the event Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

Sir Bobby's wife, Lady Elsie, will also attend.

Proceeds from the event - which features music and entertainment - will go to The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Newcastle United's Alan Pardew is expected to attend the celebration of Sir Bobby's life Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Comedian Paul Whitehouse will be at tonight's event Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The charity was launched in 2008 to raise money for the treatment and detection of cancer and, so far, has raised more than 4 million pounds.

Profits will also go to The Alan Shearer Foundation, which helps children and adults living with a disability.

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