• Finding associations to famous people in the North East

    Finding associations to famous people

    There are so many famous people who were either born in the North East of England or have spent many years of their lives in the region.

    To help you find associations to a few of these well-known names, follow this guide put together by The Cairn Group and then begin your star-studded tour by booking one of the premium hotel group’s hotels in Jesmond to be at the centre of the action:

    Sir Bobby Charlton

    Why is he famous?

    • A member of the England football squad that won the 1966 World Cup.
    • A member of the Manchester United football squad that won three Football League First Divisions.
    • The 1966 Ballon d’Or winner.
    • At the time of his retirement, he held the feat for scoring the most career goals for both England (49 goals) and Manchester United (249 goals).

    Where can I find an association?

    You would need to travel to Old Trafford in Manchester to find Sir Bobby Charlton’s iconic statue, where he is standing alongside his former teammates George Best and Denis Law. However, Sir Bobby was born in Ashington.

    As such, football fans who visit one of Northumberland’s largest towns should take the time to seek out the football pitch on Woodhorn Lane to see some grassroots football being played by Ebac Northern League Division One club Ashington Football Club.

    What is the address of this association?

    Ashington Community Football Club,

    Woodhorn Lane,



    NE63 9FW

    Where can I find more information about this association?


    Bryan Robson

    Why is he famous?

    • A member of the Manchester United football squad that won three FA Cups as well as a UEFA Cup.
    • The manager of Middlesbrough football club who achieved two promotions to the FA Premier League, as well as three cup finals.

    Where can I find an association?

    Bryan Robson may have been born in the North-East town of Chester-le-Street, but some of his greatest feats were achieved while he was based at Middlesbrough football club. Football fans should take the time to visit The Riverside Stadium to see the Premier League club in action.

    What is the address of this association?

    The Riverside Stadium,


    TS3 6RS

    Where can I find more information about this association?


    Rowan Atkinson

    Why is he famous?

    • For roles in such TV series as Black Adder and Mr. Bean.
    • For roles in such movies as The Lion King and Johnny English.
    • He won the 1982 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Comedy Performance in the 1981 season.

    Where can I find an association?

    Rowan Atkinson’s childhood home was on a farm that his father owned in Consett, County Durham. For an exceptional glimpse into the actor’s early life though, head along to the Cathedral Chorister School. The establishment is a part of Durham Cathedral — former Prime Minister Tony Blair also studied there.

    What is the address of this association?

    The Chorister School,

    The College,


    DH1 3EL

    Where can I find more information about this association?


    Robson Green

    Why is he famous?

    • For roles in such TV series as Soldier Soldier, Wire in the Blood and Grantchester.
    • He won the Top Single & Album award at the 1996 Music Week Awards for Unchained Melody/White Cliffs of Dover, which he performed alongside fellow actor Jerome Flynn.

    Where can I find an association?

    Robson Green was born in the Northumberland market town of Hexham, before being raised in Dudley — a small mining village in North Tyneside. However, Green’s acting career route began to take shape when he began training at the Live Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne.

    What is the address of this association?

    Live Theatre,

    Broad Chare,


    Newcastle upon Tyne,

    NE1 3DQ

    Where can I find more information about this association?


    Steve Cram

    Why is he famous?

    • Silver medal winner at the 1984 Olympic Games.
    • Gold medal winner at the 1983 World Championships.
    • Gold medal winner at the 1982 Commonwealth Games.
    • Double gold medal winner at the 1986 Commonwealth Games.
    • Gold medal winner at the 1982 European Championships.
    • Both a gold medal and bronze medal winner at the 1986 European Championships.
    • He won the 1983 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

    Where can I find an association?

    At only 12 years of age, Steve Cram began his illustrious athletics career with North East club Jarrow & Hebburn AC. The club continues to go strong today, with their athletes regularly found training and competing with others from across the North East at Monkton Stadium.

    What is the address of this association?

    Monkton Stadium,

    Dene Terrace,


    Tyne & Wear,

    NE32 5NJ

    Where can I find more information about this association?





    1. April 10, 2017 / 9:01 pm

      This was a really interesting post, I don’t usually keep track of famous people (Too busy) but it is interesting to learn some facts about them. Thanks for sharing 🙂

      Leslie xoxo

    2. Unsigned, Emmie
      April 10, 2017 / 8:25 pm

      I love Rowan Atkinson and was forced to listen to Robson and Jerome growing up so I was pretty excited to see their names on this list! I’ve never thought about special places in England associated with celebrities so I think it’s something I’m going to look into some more xo

    3. April 10, 2017 / 7:13 pm

      Wow you have shared such a lot of interesting info about these people, I was totally unaware so great to gain more insight into these famous people.

    4. April 10, 2017 / 7:08 pm

      Well you learn something new everyday and this is one of those posts that you just stumble on with random facts you didnt know, great post

    5. April 10, 2017 / 2:59 pm

      Thanks for this info! Such a good post if you’re a genuine fan of these people.

    6. April 10, 2017 / 2:03 pm

      I have no idea about this, but it’s really good to know! Wow this is really cool and interesting.

    7. Harriet @ Toby&Roo
      April 10, 2017 / 11:36 am

      Ooh great for people who like to learn about celebrities! There are some really big names in there!

    8. April 10, 2017 / 9:39 am

      I had no idea so many famous people came from the North East x

    9. Deimarys Colon
      April 10, 2017 / 3:51 am

      This is actually a well researched post. I have no idea you could do that! Never xorssed my mind either

    10. April 10, 2017 / 2:46 am

      Very cool! I’ve never really gone anywhere with the idea of scoping out celebrity roots, but that sounds like a lot of fun.

    11. April 10, 2017 / 12:03 am

      What an interesting concept for traveling- I never thought about tracing celebrities roots or associations. What a fun concept!

    12. April 9, 2017 / 9:50 pm

      We love Rowan Atkinson AKA Mr Bean and loved watching him on the telly! Interesting post 🙂

    13. Hannah Latoya Bond
      April 8, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      I didn’t know Rowan Atkinson was from the north east, i love watching him in Mr Bean

    14. Karen Heavey
      April 8, 2017 / 7:17 pm

      I used to love watching Soldier Soldier with Robson Green. I never knew there was associations for these famous people.

    15. Olubukonla
      April 8, 2017 / 2:45 pm

      Wow, this is so cool. Didn’t know about all these associations. Great post!

    16. April 8, 2017 / 2:23 pm

      I had no idea that Rowan Atkinson lived in a farm house, in Durham. It must be great for the fans to know where he grew up and visit his house.

    17. Sophie Beland
      April 8, 2017 / 1:06 pm

      I had no idea there were all these associations for famous people. A great list for fans!

    18. Yvette Mystakas
      April 8, 2017 / 9:30 am

      That is so cool. Especially for football mad fans!

    19. Deepa Malhotra Gandhi
      April 8, 2017 / 7:25 am

      Great list of associations for those who need them. Interesting to read about them too.

    20. TheMixedMamaBlog
      April 8, 2017 / 6:51 am

      Very interesting to read things described by folks in different countries. It took me a minute to realize what you were talking about. Once I did, I realized how succinct and well organized your post is. Nice ♡

    21. April 8, 2017 / 6:30 am

      Such a wonderful idea to list associatons of North East of England. Will help many people who need them .Lovely stories

    22. Melanie Williams
      April 8, 2017 / 6:23 am

      Informative and interesting post – such an innovative idea 🙂 x

    23. April 8, 2017 / 2:43 am

      These would be fun little trips to take, going to the areas where famous people are associated and taking a nose around.

    24. April 8, 2017 / 12:31 am

      So many brilliant people here, I like Rowan Atkinson he is a brilliant actor

    25. April 7, 2017 / 11:13 pm

      There’s some strong football links there! We went Geordie Shore spotting last time we were in Newcastle haha

    26. With Love, Lottie
      April 7, 2017 / 8:51 pm

      It’s great to find out more about successful people from your area. I love rowan Atkinson!

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