In June 2022, we attended a fundraising event held in our village at Seaton Terrace Social Club. The event was to celebrate the life of Ray Kennedy, who was born in Seaton Delaval and played football for Arsenal, Liverpool and England during the 70s and early 80s, seeing out his career playing for the local football club, Ashington. Ray passed away last year after a 37-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Ray Kennedy pictured on the right in 1981
The charity event was the result of a joint effort between Seaton Valley Council, Ray Kennedy’s family, Seaton Terrace Club, New Hartley Club and New Hartley Juniors FC. In 1967, Ray had played as an amateur for New Hartley Juniors, where he was spotted by Arsenal and won an apprentice contract.
The charity event in June featured live music, a surprise flash mob dance from the talented pupils at Studio K Dance, and a charity auction that included VIP tickets. Over £10,000 was raised on the night and all proceeds were donated to Parkinson’s UK in Ray’s memory.
Managing Director Jamie pictured with Liverpool FC's ex-manager Roy Evans and ex-players Steve McMahon and Phil Babb.
One Two One successfully bid on two Director’s Box Tickets for the Premier League match, Liverpool vs Newcastle on the 31st of August. It was a joy to support the cause and celebrate the life of Northumberland’s most decorated footballer.
To donate to Parkinson’s UK in Ray’s memory, click here.