FOOTBALL fans will be bidding for Sunderland and Newcastle football memorabilia as a fund-raising auction aims to generate goodwill between supporters ahead of the derby match.
Signed shirts, photographs and programmes are among the items going under the hammer at the Football Fever event, which takes place tomorrow.
To help put sporting rivalries to one side, some of the lots on offer have been donated by BBC Look North presenter Jeff Brown.
He said: “I am happy to play my part by donating a few bits and pieces, and hopefully it will help raise some funds.”
The Football Fever event comes as Sunderland and Newcastle fans prepare for Sunday’s derby at the Sports Direct Arena.
The fund-raiser is being held to help raise cash for Epinay Business and Enterprise School, in Jarrow.
Jeff said: “Epinay is a good local school and the work that goes on there is fantastic.”
Dianne Mountain, business development manager at the school, said: “We’ve had quite a few football-related items donated for the auction from pupils’ families.
“People are starting to talk about the derby match because it’s just around the corner, and we thought this would be something positive for fans of both Newcastle and Sunderland.”
The Football Fever event will also include a football picture quiz, raffle, and a choice of pie and peas, or fish and chips. Pies have also been included on the menu to offer football supporters the traditional half-time snack.
Julia Haggerston, chairman of the Friends of Epinay School group, which is organising the auction, said: “We are always looking for fun and innovative events to attract pupils, parents and carers, and the local community, and we hope it will be a success.”
The event takes place tomorrow between 6pm and 8pm and tickets, which include refreshments, cost £4 for adults and £2 for children.
For more information call 489 8949.