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Number of books of condolence rises to four after massive queues

Big Queues: People wait to sign the Sir Tom Finney book of condolence at Preston Town Hall

Big Queues: People wait to sign the Sir Tom Finney book of condolence at Preston Town Hall

Extra books of condolence for Sir Tom Finney have been opened to keep up with demand.

Preston Council originally put one book inside a Town Hall meeting room and another inside the Harris Museum at lunchtime on Monday.

As word spread, and queues grew 11-deep inside the Town Hall, two more books were opened to relieve waiting 
times.

A council spokesman said: “We have had hundreds of people queuing to sign the books in both locations.

“The Town Hall seems to be the most popular location, and all morning and lunch time on Tuesday, we had queues coming out of the meeting room door.

“We’ve had to put two extra books in that room, bringing the total to three there, and have ordered more for coming days, because they’re all filling up quickly.”

The books will remain open during office hours until the day of Sir Tom’s funeral.

They will then be presented to the Finney family.

The books in the Town Hall have been put on a table in front of a film showing clips of the footballing legend’s career, as well as interviews with footballers and friends.

Preston Mayor Coun Veronica Afrin was the first person to write a message in the Town Hall book on Monday, with many more travelling from across the county to leave their tributes.

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