Ashington's Jackie Milburn statue is on the move

A much-loved statue of Jackie Milburn is on the move to a new location in Ashington. 
The bronze figure of Ashington’s most famous son was removed from its original location on Station Road in May, as workmen moved in to transform the area in a £1.5m scheme.   
Now the statue is being brought out of storage and is set to become the crowning glory of the £21m Ashington Leisure Centre. 
County Councillor, Ian Swithenbank, Cabinet Member for Local Services, said: “We know what Jackie means to the people of Ashington, and why it’s so important to have the statue in an prominent place where people can admire it. 
“The redevelopment of Station Road over the last six months has given us the opportunity to move the statue to a location where it can become a genuine sporting landmark and an inspiration to others. We're enormously proud of the new leisure centre and Jackie will be the crowning glory."
The Ashington-born striker scored 177 goals for Newcastle United and was adored by fans for his humility as much as his prowess on the pitch.
The statue on Station Road was unveiled in 1995, atop a red brick plinth, and shows Jackie trapping the ball with his left foot. A second bronze, unveiled in 1991 on Northumberland Street, Newcastle, has moved several times and now stands proudly outside St James' Park. 
The new-look Station Road reopened in early December following a £1.5m upgrade.

The improvements are designed to boost local trade, improve the look of the street and help deliver wider economic benefits as part of the ongoing regeneration of the town centre.
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