Athletics star Steve Cram swapped the start line for the tee to get an annual charity extravaganza into full swing today.
A galaxy of sporting heroes - from Olympic icon Daley Thompson to North East footballers Steve Watson, Steve Stone and Craig Hignett - chipped in to make the Steve Cram Celebrity Golf Day an ace attraction at Slaley Hall, in Hexham.
The Jarrow Arrow was delighted to see a sea of famous faces club together to take a sporting chance to give youngsters a vital helping hand.
The star-studded field joined forces with benevolent businesses to raise thousands of pounds for international charity, Comrades of Children Overseas.
Former Olympic athletes, Premier League footballers and rugby and cricket stars played a round of golf with teams entered by firms from throughout the region to drive up support for the cause.
With the start of the Rio Olympic Games just six weeks away, Cram was joined by former Team GB members Daley Thompson, Kriss Akabusi, John Regis, Mick Hill, Leon Taylor and Brian Whittle.
I am always hugely grateful to the North East business community and my friends and colleagues in the world of sport.Steve Cram
Akabusi raced up to Northumberland after visiting his local EU referendum polling booth first thing in the morning.
The world of football was also well represented, with the likes of Mark Bright, Steve Watson, Eddie Gray, Gordon Armstrong, Craig Hignett, Jim Montgomery, Alan Thompson, Ritchie Pitt and Steve Stone all teeing off at Slaley.
The golfing action will be followed by a fundraising dinner, auction and raffle in the evening and the event looks set to raise over £15,000 for COCO.
COCO is a North East charity that was co-founded by world champion athlete and BBC commentator Steve Cram and former British Army Major Jim Panton in 2000.
COCO has since raised over £3.5 million that has been invested in sustainable projects in remote regions of the developing world that help alleviate the poverty that prevents children’s education.
Steve Cram said: “I am always hugely grateful to the North East business community and my friends and colleagues in the world of sport for the support that they give the COCO celebrity golf day.
“Once again, they have all come up trumps and we have enjoyed a fantastic day of fundraising at De Vere Slaley Hall. The golf course was in great condition and competition was as fierce as ever.
“Most importantly, we are all raising a lot of money that will be invested directly into projects that are transforming young lives in some of the poorest parts of Africa.”