Tribute to Sir Bobby is in safe hands

Safe hands: Director Neil Coulson, with the Sir Bobby Robson decorated safe, which is being donated to his cancer charity.
Safe hands: Director Neil Coulson, with the Sir Bobby Robson decorated safe, which is being donated to his cancer charity.
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A CITY safemaker has created this homage to football legend Sir Bobby Robson – after skilled workers transformed a century-old safe.

Crest Safes, which is based in Hendon in Sunderland, decided to construct the safe for a worthy cause.

The firm regularly produces decoratives safes, with some featuring Sunderland AFC badges or Jack Daniels bottles.

Award-winning airbrush artist Kev Bambra was the man who came up with the detailed design of County Durham-born former England boss Sir Bobby, who famously led the national side to the semi-finals of the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

Crest is now passing the artwork on to Sir Bobby’s cancer research charity foundation, where it has gone into a fund-raising auction. Director Neil Coulson said: “The safe probably dates back to about 1909 or 1910, so it meant a lot of work to get it rebuild and put new hinges and locks on.

“Because it is so old, the new parts have to be hand-made, you can’t just go and buy them. It took about four days and 100 hours of work to get it all finished but it looks great.

Mr Coulson added: “We did one two years ago for another auction and it was bought by one of Sir Bobby’s sons for £720, so hopefully this will raise at least as much as that did.”

To bid for the safe in the online auction, which ends on October 27, go to www.sirbobbysbreakthrough.com.