Painting in number one spot

Sir Tom Finney with his portrait by E Robinson which was painted in 1951

Sir Tom Finney with his portrait by E Robinson which was painted in 1951

A colourful image of a young Tom Finney painted by Edward Robinson in 1951, has pride of place in Preston’s Harris Museum and Art Gallery.

The portrait is on show in the Discover Preston Gallery next to a case dedicated to football in Preston, which includes Sir Tom’s actual Knighthood which he received in 1998.

Preston Council leader Peter Rankin described the late Preston North End and England player as “a role model” the like of which will never be seen again.

He said: “It is difficult to believe Sir Tom has died.”

The councillor added: “He is probably the most important Prestonian 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 difficult time.

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

Coun Rankin described Sir Tom as “a true football legend,” adding: “His like will never be seen again.

“Whilst the people of Preston are in mourning now, we must give thanks for the wonderful life of Sir Tom Finney and the legacy that he leaves.

“Rest in Peace Sir Tom, you have done us all proud.”




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