Forty years ago boxing legend and Heavyweight Champion of the World, Muhammad Ali, came to Tyneside.
He flew into Newcastle Airport and spent four days visiting the area to raise money for local boxing clubs.
Ali and wife, Veronica, visited a Mosque in South Shields to have their marriage blessed.
Ali came to the region on the invitation of ex South Shields Boxer, Johnny Walker. He had flown to America to ask Ali in person if he would come on the visit. Walker arrived unannounced in America and rang Muhammad Ali's ranch, after hearing how far he'd travelled, a limousine was sent to collect him and he was greeted at the ranch by Ali himself.
The main reason for Ali's visit was to help raise funds for Boys' Clubs in the area. Grainger Park Boxing Club was one of the places he visited, shaking hands and sparring with many of the young boxers.