Hundreds raised for food bank as Eddie Howe signs copy of NUFC takeover anthem

Junior Turner’s ‘Banks of the River Tyne’ is fast becoming a Newcastle United anthem.

Local singer and Newcastle United fan Junior Turner has raised £359 for the NUFC food bank by selling an Eddie Howe signed copy of his Geordie anthem 'Banks of the River Tyne'.

The singer auctioned the copy, which he had Newcastle manager Howe sign in person outside the training ground, on eBay.

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Within hours of hitting the online shop, the CD had garnered hundreds of pounds in bids.

'Banks of the River Tyne' pays tribute to both the football club and Tyneside's history.

The song, released by Junior earlier this year, has quickly found its way into the hearts of Newcastle fans with the singer performing the hit at various shows across the city.

Speaking about the song, Junior said: "The one thing I wanted to do during lockdown was write a local anthem and that's how the song was born.

"I had the chorus for the song in my head for about three years but it was a precarious situation to be in. Being from here, I couldn't put this song out and not got it 100% right, there wasn't any room for error."

The money raised from the auction will go towards helping the outstanding work of the NUFC Fans Food Bank.

The Food Bank's Steve Hastie recently told NewcastleWorld.com about the charity's mission.

He said: “We stand outside St. James’ Park and we encourage fans to donate produce and money to West End Foodbank on match days.

“We started four or five years ago and got inspiration from Liverpool fans who were doing similar on Merseyside.

“When the I, Daniel Blake film came out we saw that and realised we have similar problems as Merseyside does.

"We got thinking about what we could do on match day and the success we had on the first day saw it take off from there.”