‘Lockdown hero’ Marcus Rashford’s tattoo to remind him of path to superstardom

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Marcus Rashford has a special tattoo on his torso to remind him of where he set off on the path to superstardom.

The child poverty champion has an inking of a small child playing with a ball beneath a cherry tree.

In the background is the terraced house where the England and Manchester United striker lived as a youngster in the Greater Manchester suburb of Wythenshawe.

Neighbours speak warmly about the local who is waging war on poverty with his amazing free school meals campaign, the Mirror Online reports.

Kate Jenner, 31, lives in Marcus' former family home with her wife Lizzie, 30.

She said: “We used to get taxi drivers dropping us off and they’d say ‘you live in Marcus Rashford’s old house’.”

“People are aware he has got those roots in the local area and they increasingly ask about it, which is good.

“His old primary school is just down the way and he visits there regularly. And with all the work he has done recently with food vouchers for the kids, it has gone down really well around here.”

The house is owned by Rashford's beloved mum Melanie, while the football star has returned for photo shoots on occasion, much to the delight of local residents.

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Talking about the cherry tree outside his old house, former neighbour Jan Garvey, 68, said: "He has actually got a tattoo of that tree.

"He is a fantastic man. Everybody around her is so proud of him. He is a lovely lad.

"When we moved in Marcus had just moved out but he does come back and I had my photo taken with him in his England kit.

“He was here with a film crew and he came, I think they were doing a documentary about him.

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“I went out and said ‘can I have my photo taken with you’.

"I think he is just wonderful. And he had not forgotten his roots.

“He is a real inspiration for young people. It shows you can grow up around here and if you work hard you can do well."

Jan is one of almost one million people who have signed Rashford’s online petition demanding an expansion of the free school meal holiday scheme into next year.

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She added: “I’m fully behind it. I’m very proud of him” she said.

Earlier this year Rashford forced the government to change its policy to allow 1.4 million children in England claim free school meal vouchers during the summer due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But in Parliament last week Tories voted down a plan to extend the scheme to include holidays into 2021.

In response, a multitude of cafes, pubs, local authorities and food charities came forward to offer free food for hungry kids.

Rashford, 22, told his 3.7 million Twitter followers: “Blown away by news of local businesses stepping up to fill the voucher scheme deficit during the October half term. Selflessness, kindness, togetherness, this is the England I know.”

In Scotland and Wales, free meals will be provided during school holidays until Easter 2021, while in Northern Ireland they will be provided over the half-term break this month.

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