The Sir Bobby Robson Memorial Garden has won a commendation for landscape design after finishing as runner up at the Lord Mayors Design Awards in Newcastle. The sculpture that was installed in May formed the focal point of the garden so I am delighted that it has been recognised, many congratulations to landscape architect Richard Barnes who was the brains behind transforming the formerly derelict waste ground into a comemorative and contemplative space.

On a seperate note, a couple of people have remarked on the fact that Gary Speed’s name is carved on the top of the memorial. Across all 5 stones were carved the names of some of the great players that Sir Bobby Robson played with and managed. Desperately sad but he will be fondly remembered in Newcastle.