Big turn out for Jeff

HUNDREDS of people turned out to see Jeff Stelling as he shared stories of his hugely successful broadcasting career.

Jeff, born and raised in Hartlepool, is back in the region for a few days and marked his return as the guest at a specially-organised event at Teesside University.

The passionate presenter of popular weekend football show Soccer Saturday had the audience in the palm of his hand as he told the packed sports hall how he started his journalism career by sending weekly letters into the Hartlepool Mail, before securing his first job at the paper.

He said: “I am so lucky, I have worked alongside some fantastic people and I have had some luck along the way.

“I’m just a guy from Rift House in Hartlepool.”