Gazza set to entertain north east crowd

Paul Gascoigne
Paul Gascoigne

Football legend Paul Gascoigne is set to entertain fans at a talk-in next month.

The former England midfielder is coming to Washington's Nissan Sports and Leisure Complex, on Washington Road, on Thursday, September 22.

Gascoigne, now 49, was recognised as one of the greatest footballers of his generation, but has had some troubled times away from the sport with a public battle against alcoholism.

One of the organisers and promoters of next month's event, Steven Hutchinson, feels the ex-Tottenham Hotspur, Rangers and Newcastle United man will entertain the audience with his football tales.

He said: "It's going to be a great night.

"Everyone knows Gazza and everyone wants to know about Gazza, who is always such an entertaining man to listen to.

"As a footballer, there were very few better than him, and it's fantastic that we've managed to bring him to Washington.

"Gazza's struggles have been well-documented, but he is doing very well again now and I'm sure he'll be on top form in this show.

"We're really looking forward to it."

The event is at the home of Washington FC, the Northern League club which is managed by Mr Hutchinson.

He says ticket sales have gone extremely well for the night with Gazza so far.

He added: "Ticket sales have gone very well so far, and I'm sure it will be a sell-out.

"If anyone hasn't bought tickets yet but wants to come, it would be best to book quickly to ensure they don't miss out."

Tickets are available by calling 07873 640393, 0191 415 2354 or 07869 430919.

Silver packages are available for £500 for 10 people, which is £50 per ticket and includes a waiter service, as well as a pie and pea supper.

Gold VIP packages, meanwhile, cost £1,000 for a table of 10, which includes early arrival, front row seats, a meet and greet with Gascoigne, a photo, a place in the VIP lounge and a meal.

Gold sponsorship packages are £1,500, which includes the chance to sit on the top table with Gascoigne, a personalised signed shirt, a meet and greet, a meal and photo.

There will also be a comedian, raffle and an auction, with VIPs to arrive at 6pm and those with the silver package at 7pm.