The big screen inside Deepdale will show live the relayed footage of Sir Tom Finney’s funeral on Thursday afternoon.
Tickets are being made available, free of charge, to watch the ceremony to celebrate the life and to mark the passing of the Lilywhites and England legend, which gets underway at 1pm on 27th February.
This news, along with details of the cortege’s route from Deepdale to the Minster, on Church Street, have now been confirmed.
The funeral cortege will pass North End’s Deepdale Stadium at 12.15pm arriving at Tithebarn Street at 12.40pm, where the cortege will be met and escorted by Police horses from Lancashire Constabulary.
Between 12.40pm and 12.45pm the funeral cortege will be met outside Preston Guildhall 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.
At approximately 12.50pm the funeral cortege will arrive at Preston Minster.
(Note, all timings are approximate)
Only Church Street, Preston will be closed to traffic. Along the rest of the route, Police will slow traffic down to allow the funeral cortege to make its way to the Minster.
Where To See The Funeral?
Arrangements have been made to broadcast the funeral of Sir Tom Finney, live on the big screen inside Deepdale.
With the number of people who are expected to watch the funeral, this live broadcast will be ticket only. Tickets are free and available from PNE via the normal ticket outlets, in person at the ticket office and over the phone on 0844 856 1966.
Tickets will be issued on a first come first served basis, starting with the Alan Kelly Town End and then moving onto the Sir Tom Finney Stand, subject to numbers. Tickets will be limited to four per person when collecting.
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.
The funeral service is being covered live by BBC Radio Lancashire and people can tune into the radio or listen live via the internet if they would like to listen to the service. The Club are also looking at whether this audio only feed can be broadcast through PNE Player, which will be confirmed at a later time.
Tickets will be available from 9am on Tuesday 25th February and until 5pm on Wednesday 26th February, with people advised to get them in advance. Some tickets will be made available on the turnstiles, but only subject to availability, on a first come, first served basis.