PNE reunion for family after 40 years

Webster family with parents Millie and Harry outside their house in Cadley Causeway
Webster family with parents Millie and Harry outside their house in Cadley Causeway
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A family are set to be reunited in Preston for the first time in 40 years thanks to the local football derby with Burnley.

David Webster, his sister Ruth and brothers Jonathan and Richard, have not all been together in Preston since 1976.

But tomorrow the siblings will reunite in their home city to watch the PNE v Burnley match at Deepdale.

“We all grew up in Garstang Road, Fulwood, but all drifted away from home when we went to university”, said David, 62, who now lives in St Albans.

“Then our parents retired to the Isle of Wight and we lost our Preston base.

“So although we’ve all been back at some point, this is the first chance we’ve had to come back together since 1976.

“We’re all PNE fans and the date worked for us, although it’s been moved back from Saturday, so it’s going to be more of a rush getting to the match.”

The family will be sitting on the half way line of the Sir Tom Finney stand to watch the match.

David, who has retired from working in financial data, said: “I used to go on every match with my dad when I was a child, in fact I think my first match was Tom Finney’s last.

“I’ve seen all the great players, and I always try to go on when I’m in Preston.

“I think Burnley are having a great season, I’m pleased for them. I was hoping we might be in with a chance of the play-offs, but I think that’s passed now.

“But hopefully Preston will win.”

David, sister Ruth Shaw, 61, who lives in Newbury, brother Jonathan, 57, a doctor who lives in Sheffield and brother Richard, 52, GP from Gloucestershire, will also be taking in a tour of their old haunts including the The Horns Inn, the Withy Trees and David’s old school, Hutton Grammar.

David, a father of three boys, added: “I’ve been back recently but my brothers haven’t been for a while, so I think they’ll notice a difference in things.”