One of Preston's greatest sons is to be honoured in a brand new exhibition to open in 2009 at the National Football Museum. Local Hero, Football Legend will celebrates the life and times of Sir Tom Finney, Preston 's greatest footballer.

The exhibition, which opens on 28 March 2009, will pay tribute to the footballing genius of Sir Tom, who played for Preston North End for his entire career. However it will also look at the stories behind the man, born and bred in Preston , who makes an impact on everyone he meets. Photographs, film, objects and peoples memories will all be included.

The launch of the exhibition will coincide with Sir Tom Finney Day on 26 March and a gala dinner taking place at Preston 's Guildhall in the evening.

David Pearson, Museum Manager commented: “This is something we've wanted to do for a long time. Sir Tom is Vice President of the Museum and has given us so much support over the years. Whenever he visits us people, young and old, just flock round him. He always takes time to speak to everyone. This is why we want the exhibition to celebrate not just his football, but him as a person. We're also planning a range of activities and events, many of them aimed at families”. He added: “We've secured great sponsorship and support from The New Football Pools and Lancashire County Council. However we're still fundraising to ensure the exhibition is the biggest and best it can possibly be”.

Ian Penrose, Chief Executive of Sportech PLC, the owners of the New Football Pools, headline sponsors of the exhibition said “It is both an honour and a privilege to be involved with this exhibition. Sir Tom Finney is a football legend and a true gentleman - one of the greatest footballers the world has ever seen”.

Lancashire County Council are supporting the exhibition. Hazel Harding, leader of the County Council commented “Sir Tom has been a magnificent inspiration for many generations, not just in Preston, but across the whole of Lancashire . It is an honour to support an exhibition of this kind for a gifted sportsman and gentleman”.


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