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Sir Tom Finney dies: Preston City Council to open book of condolence

Posted on - 15th February, 2014 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - News, Preston Council, Preston North End, Sport
Sir Tom is front left, in the 1940-41 wartime PNE team

Sir Tom is front left, in the 1940-41 wartime PNE team

A book of condolence to Sir Tom Finney is to be opened at the Town Hall.

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Prestonians will be invited to come and write their tributes and memories of one of the greatest footballers to ever live.

Preston City Council leader Peter Rankin has also paid tribute to the Preston North End legend.

He said Sir Tom as a freeman of Preston was entitled to a civic funeral but it was a decision for Sir Tom’s family to make in their own time.

Councillor Rankin said: “It’s difficult to believe Sir Tom has died. He’s been with us for so long.

“He is one of the most important Prestonians that has ever lived and we are all deeply saddened at the news of his death.

“All our thoughts are with Sir Tom’s family at this sad time.

“Sir Tom was a role model for all. A true gentlemen and an ambassador not just for PNE and football but for the City of Preston and indeed England as a whole. Sir Tom was and is a true football legend.

“His like will never be the seen again.

“Whilst the people of Preston are in mourning now, we must give thanks for the wonderful life of Sir Tom and the legacy that he leaves. Rest in Peace Sir Tom, you had done us proud.”

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