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Gary Speed's parents: 'end the stigma of depression'

Gary Speed. Credit: PA

The family of former Newcastle United player Gary Speed have been in Durham today (June 1) meeting up with famous sports heroes from across the region for a memorial golf match in his name.

Gary died in 2011. His family said they believe he was battling depression at the time he died, and want to encourage more people to talk openly about the illness.

He was a Tyneside hero having scored more than 40 goals for Newcastle.

He was described by Sir Bobby Robson as one of football's finest role models.

Gary Speed was found hanged at his home in November 2011. His mother and father, Carol and Roger Speed, say they believe he was suffering from depression, but that he felt he couldn't talk about it - even with them.

Gary Speed's family have turned this need for awareness of depression into an annual event.

This is the third time a golf match has been held in his memory to raise money for charity.

Celebrity golf day in memory of Gary Speed

Gary Speed Credit: PA

Friends and family of the late Newcastle United player Gary Speed will take part in a charity golf tournament later in aid of the Foundation set up in his name.

For the past two years, the event has been held in Wales but this year, organisers have decided to host it in the North East. Money raised will also go the Toby Henderson Trust, a local charity for autistic children.

Over 140 golfers will be there including celebrities Alan Shearer and Kieron Dyer. The game gets underway at 1pm.

Gary Speed was found dead at his home in Cheshire in November 2011. At his inquest the coroner ruled that it was not clear the former footballer had intended to take his own life, saying his death could have been an accident and recording a narrative verdict.

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Former Ryder Cup Captain gives golfing masterclass

Fresh from commentating on Europe's Ryder Cup win, golfer Colin Montgomerie has been passing on some of the secret's of success.

Monty has been in Northumberland giving a golfing masterclass.

Former Ryder Cup Captain meets North East golfers

Former Ryder Cup Captain, Colin Montgomerie, has taken to the golf course once more to compete in a 'beat the pro' challenge at Slaley Hall.

Colin Montgomerie is sharing his experiences with North East golfers at Slaley Hall Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The golf day, hosted in Northumberland, has seen the professional golfer sharing his knowledge, expertise and experiences from this year's exciting matches with North East golfers.

Colin Montgomerie returns to the golf course at Slaley Hall Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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