Sir Tom’s funeral to be broadcast at Deepdale

Stadium: The funeral of Sir Tom Finney (below) will be broadcast at Deepdale
Stadium: The funeral of Sir Tom Finney (below) will be broadcast at Deepdale
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Sir Tom Finney’s funeral service will be shown on a big screen at Deepdale, it was confirmed today.

With Preston Minster set to be full on Thursday for the service, North End have agreed to open the stadium to wellwishers to allow them to watch the ceremony live.

Sir Tom Finney

Sir Tom Finney

Club bosses are emphasising that while the screening will be free, it will be ticket only.

Tickets can be obtained by calling 0844 8561966 or in person at the ticket office at the club shop at Deepdale.

Meanwhile, details have also been confirmed for the route of the funeral procession.

At 12.15pm, the cortege will pass Deepdale stadium.

Around 12.40pm, it will reach Tithebarn Street, accompanied by police horses from Lancashire Constabulary.

A few minutes later, it should reach the Guild Hall to be met by representatives from the Preston and District Veterans Association.

Veterans will lower their standards as a mark of respect and also to acknowledge Sir Tom’s service during World War II.

The cortege is expected to arrive at the Minster by 12.50pm. All times are approximate.

A Preston Council spokesman: “Arrangements are being made to broadcast the funeral of Sir Tom Finney, live on the big screen inside Deepdale - the home of Preston North End and where Sir Tom graced the pitch and played most of his games.

“Deepdale is the only place where people will be guaranteed to be able to watch to the funeral.

“Given the numbers of people attending the funeral, Church Street (by Preston Minster) will be closed to traffic and pedestrians.

“Anyone in this area will have a restricted view of the funeral and there are no broadcast facilities in the city centre.”