Rugby legend Rory Underwood gave Teesside businesses a blast from the past during an annual dinner.
The former England winger was speaking at the Tees Valley Annual Dinner held at the Jury’s Inn in Middlesbrough, which was attended by over 200 guests from the region’s leading businesses.
Sponsored by Middlesbrough College with a drinks reception sponsored by Durham Tees Valley Airport, the event heard at first-hand about Underwood’s international career and childhood.
He said: “One of my first memories of doing sport was kicking a football around in a Middlesbrough park and looking at the transporter bridge.
“I then went on to play rugby for England aged 20, which was unusual to be so young at the time. By the end of my rugby career I had 85 caps.
“I have really enjoyed being back in Teesside and hearing about the terrific resilience of the area as well as all the opportunities for growth which are being exploited.”
NEECC president Mike Matthews, of Stockton car parts manufacturer Nifco, also highlighted the main achievements over the last year including the new power station going to be developed at Redcar.
• Pictured (above): Zoe Lewis, Middlesbrough College, James Grant, Durham Tees Valley Airport, Rory Underwood, Mike Matthews, Nifco and the Chamber President with chief executive James Ramsbotham.