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Manchester Pays Tribute to Best

A tribute to a sporting legend was held yesterday at Manchester Cathedral, as Manchester said its last farewell to George Best.

Published on March 17th 2006.


Manchester Pays Tribute to Best

A tribute to a sporting legend was held yesterday at Manchester Cathedral, as Manchester said its last farewell to George Best. The hour long service was celebrated inside the Cathedral by friends and family, and watched by crowds a stone’s throw away on the big screen in Exchange Square.

Manchester United fans and Manchester City fans joined together in Exchange Square to pay their respects to their adopted Irish son, fittingly the day before St Patrick’s Day. Some cried, some applauded, and some clutched their United shirts as the service rolled on inside the Cathedral.

At the ceremony, members of Best’s family revealed a new flybe aircraft which carries a portrait of the legend on its side, to mark the introduction of a new air service between Belfast and Manchester that will be named after the player.

Tributes inside the Cathedral came from friends and colleagues of George, including Eddie Gray, Wilf McGuinness, Malcolm Wagner and David Sadler. The touching tribute was led by the Very Rev Rogers Govender, the Dean of Manchester, himself a lifelong United fan. He said “George had God's gifts in abundance; the gift to play, to win, to entertain and to bring joy. We are richer for having known him, and he will always belong to us."

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