Durham miners have paid tribute to a footballing hero who remained one of their own.

Ashington-born football legend Jack Charlton died peacefully at his Northumberland home on Friday, his family have said.

The son of a miner, Jack along with his brother, fellow World Cup winner Bobby, was introduced to football by his mother Cissie, who was the sister of legendary Newcastle United and England footballer Jackie Milburn.

At 15, Jack joined his father in the mines - before moving to Leeds United, the club where he would spend his entire career. But despite the move away, his support for miners and their communities remained strong.

On Saturday, people from across the North East should have been marching in the annual Durham Miners' Gala, which still draws thousands from ex-mining communities and their supporters every year.

The meeting cannot take place in person this year due to coronavirus, but organisers were still able to honour the famed defender who had marched alongside miners in previous years.

Sharing an image of Jack marching in the Gala, spokesperson for the Big Meeting's organisers said: "Saddened to learn that Jack Charlton has passed away. A former coal miner, he remained supportive of our communities.

"Big Jack is pictured marching at The Big Meeting with Horden Lodge.

"Rest in peace Jack."

Gala supporters commented with their tributes and condolences to Jack's family.

One person said: "Sad news indeed. A legend from the NE, who served his community and country well. RIP."

The same image was shared by Labour MP for Jack's home town of Ashington, Ian Lavery.

He called him "One of the toughest footballers to wear an England shirt but a thoroughly nice and decent individual.

"Big Jack was adored by millions of football supporters around the globe for his typical down to earth personality and gritty character.

"Jack could be regularly found holding court with people of all ages discussing the issues of the day.

"A man with immense ability great personality and true Northumbrian character."