On the evening of Wednesday 22nd May Paul Merson returned to his roots to visit Harlesden library.

The library has seen many events hosted by JRF since the turn of the year after their Inspire to Achieve Heritage Exhibition was showcased at the community venue.

This time local legend Paul Merson shared his intriguing story with over 75 passionate sports lovers.

Paul was accompanied by his Mum who sat in the front row of the audience as Paul spoke openly about his career in football, management, and media, as well as subjects covering health, wellbeing, and family.

The interactive crowd posed many questions to the former England player who grew up a stone’s throw away from the iconic Wembley Stadium.

Before the event Paul strolled through the streets of Harlesden and saw some old faces as he popped into shops and picked up a cake donated by Cake Box in Harlesden to welcome him back to the area.

A mural of Paul, Thierry Henry, and Jason Roberts was also unveiled on the shutters of local business Eagles Tyres with Paul present, turning the heads of several passers-by.