PNE hero Sir Tom’s life to be celebrated in new show

HERO: Sir Tom Finney's life will be celebrated in a new show.
HERO: Sir Tom Finney's life will be celebrated in a new show.
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Sir Tom Finney’s life, passions and illustrious football career is set to be celebrated in a musical extravaganza.

One of Sir Tom’s favourite charities Cash for Kids is launching what it hopes will be an annual showcase event called ‘Sir Tom Finney – a celebration’ to remember the late great Preston North End footballer.

Sir Tom Finney as a schoolboy (front, centre) with his sisters (from left) Doris, Madge, Edith and Peggy and older brother Joe (back). Sent in by Sir Tom's niece Edith Treasure

Sir Tom Finney as a schoolboy (front, centre) with his sisters (from left) Doris, Madge, Edith and Peggy and older brother Joe (back). Sent in by Sir Tom's niece Edith Treasure

The show will feature local dancers and singers and chart the Preston Plumber’s rise to hero status.

Before he passed away in February, 2014, Sir Tom was a patron of Preston-based Cash for Kids.

And now the charity wants to celebrate his life and raise funds for needy children across the county.

Clare Traynor, Charity Executive for Cash for Kids said: “The show is made up of local entertainers and the Guild Hall are working with us on this event.

It will follow the life and times of Sir Tom through music and dance, all the way from his birth in 1922 through every era and feature some of his favourite songs.

Clare Traynor

“It will follow the life and times of Sir Tom through music and dance, all the way from his birth in 1922 through every era and feature some of his favourite songs.

“It is important to honour him because he was a patron of the charity.

“All money raised from the night will be used in a special grant round so will directly benefit children in Lancashire.”

Clare revealed the charity has purposely sourced acts from the local area.

She said: “We are starting fairly small. We are promoting local talent and hopefully the event will grow over the years.

“Over the coming weeks we will be revealing some of the acts that are taking part so watch this space.”

The event will be held at Preston Guild Hall at 7pm on Friday, October 9. For tickets see: www.prestonguildhall.com/events/view/184