THE writer of hit TV sitcom, Hebburn, has been signed up by his hometown football team.
Comedian Jason Cook has been made honorary life president of Hebburn FC, for helping put the town on the map with his offbeat comedy series.
Hebburn-born Jason, 39, who used to watch games at the ground in South Drive, off Victoria Road West, as a boy, said it was “a great honour” by the club, currently eighth in the Ebac Northern League.
Jason said: “I’m really pleased and delighted by what Hebburn FC has done.
“I grew up in Park Road, in the street where Hebburn is filmed, and I remember being taken to watch Hebburn FC by my dad.
“I’ve got plans to promote the club and the town, by organising a Hebburn comedy festival, with some of the biggest names in standup.
“If that takes off, the idea is that only Hebburn businesses would be allowed to trade during the festival.”
Main Hebburn FC sponsor Neil Tatum, managing director of Premier Scaffolding, and club chairman, Billy Laffey, said the decision to make the successful Hebburn comedy writer honorary life president was “unanimous”.
Mr Laffey said: “Jason is a Hebburn lad and he’s really put the town on the map with his TV series. We hope the links with Jason will help promote the club.”
Asked about the reaction to Hebburn locally – and the chances of a second series – Mr Cook added: “The response to the series so far has been 99.2 per cent positive.
“Loads of people have said they recognise characters from their own lives in the series.
“Obviously, you cannot please everyone and Hebburn’s a comedy, not a documentary.
“Really, Hebburn is a love letter to my parents, Pat and Tony.
“We’re still waiting to hear if there will be a second series, but all the characters are in my head, waiting to be developed, and I’d love to write more.”
The final part of Hebburn will be shown on BBC2 at 10pm tonight.