A CHARITY football fun day celebrated the life of two community stalwarts.

Hundreds of people gathered at Prudhoe's Kimberly Park to remember Ian Lowery and George McCreedy on Saturday.

Hexham Courant: Hundreds of people attended the event.Hundreds of people attended the event.

Former Blackpool FC youth player and Prudhoe youth worker Ian died suddenly aged 45 in November 2020.

Ian's promising career at the North West club was cut short by injury but he continued to coach youngsters locally.

He was also heavily involved with youth work in Prudhoe at the town's now-defunct East Centre and was highly respected by countless young people - whether it be through his work with Prudhoe Youth charity shop or sending a group to Burkina Faso.

George McCreedy MBE died in August of last year at 76. 

The former councillor was also a major force behind Prudhoe Youth FC, Town Twinning and Prudhoe Youth, and was instrumental in putting together the very first Prudhoe Town Fair and Christmas Lights display.

Hexham Courant: George McCreedy and Ian LoweryGeorge McCreedy and Ian Lowery

Two football matches were played on the day. 

Ian Lowery's Legends, made up of former teammates of Ian's, took on Ian Lowery's Select, a team Ian used to train, while recently promoted Prudhoe Youth Club Seniors played against Whickham FC.

Lowery Select and Prudhoe Youth Club Seniors were the winning sides.

Hexham Courant: George McCreedy's son Mark presents the Prudhoe Youth Club Seniors captain with the winner cup. Picture: Dave VauseGeorge McCreedy's son Mark presents the Prudhoe Youth Club Seniors captain with the winner cup. Picture: Dave Vause

Attractions at the event included slides, bouncy castles and stalls. 

There were also performances by Northern Stars Dance Academy and the Prudhoe West First School Choir.

A raffle - with prizes including Newcastle United tickets, a signed Newcastle United football and a signed Chelsea shirt - was also drawn.

Many local businesses supported the event.

Wilton Holmes, a friend of the Lowery family who helped organise the event, said: "The turnout was incredible. It just shows you what the spirit of Prudhoe is.

"They were two really popular lads, Ian and George, and both did loads for Prudhoe. I just can't thank people enough."

Hexham Courant: Organiser Wilton Holmes, ex-NUFC and West Ham player Bryan "Pop" Robson and Ian Lowery's son Jamie. Picture: Dave VauseOrganiser Wilton Holmes, ex-NUFC and West Ham player Bryan "Pop" Robson and Ian Lowery's son Jamie. Picture: Dave Vause

Duncan Graham, chairman and secretary of Prudhoe Youth Club FC, added: "It was great to see the community turn out."

Funds raised on the day will go to Prudhoe Youth Project, formerly Prudhoe Youth Club, and Grassroots Football.