Work starts on a memorial garden to Sir Bobby Robson

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The memorial garden is due to be completed by Spring 2011

Work has begun on a memorial garden dedicated to former Newcastle and England manager Sir Bobby Robson.

The 400 sq metre site is being created close to the Newcastle United football ground St James's Park.

The garden will feature trees, planters, a tiered seating area and a series of stone plinths reflecting aspects of Sir Bobby's life and work.

County Durham-born Sir Bobby died in July 2009 aged 76 after a long battle with the cancer.

The project is being created by Newcastle City Council and regeneration company NE1Ltd.

The council is working with sculptor Graeme Mitcheson to commission the plinth designs which are due to be complete by next Spring.

Sir Bobby established a charitable foundation which has so far raised more than £2m for cancer research in Newcastle.

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