15/02/2014 North West Today


15/02/2014

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Good afternoon. Former Preston and England winger Sir Tom Finney died

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yesterday at the age of 91. Finney made more than 400 league

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appearances for Preston North End and won 76 caps for England. Yunus

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Mulla reports. If you speak to anybody at the club

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today or anybody who came to lay tributes, they will say Tom Finney

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was the greatest player to play for us to North end. He spent his career

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here and his life in Preston. A stream of people today have been

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coming to Deepdale to lay tributes and remember him with affection

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How can a man I never met or never had the privilege to see the half

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such a profound effect? It is very sad for everyone in

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Preston. Wherever we go on holiday, you mention Preston North End and

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right away, Tom Finney. I knew people who played with him and grew

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up with him and they said he was a fantastic figure on and off the

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pitch. The match against Leyton Orient was always going to be

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important but added significance, as to North end players will be wearing

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shirts with the name Finney on their back.

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The body of a teenager was found this morning in Oldham after police

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were called at 8am to Ripponden Road. The young man has not yet been

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identified and an investigation has been launched.

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This week has been Congenital Heart Defect week and one 11`year`old boy

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from Blackburn. Who has the condition, has rounded up his school

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friends to join him in raising money. Emma Blackburn reports.

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The shoelaces are tied. The new school tracksuits are revealed.

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These year six pupils are ready for their sponsored walk. To help a

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friend. Walking four times around the pitch at Blackburn Rovers, these

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children know what this challenge means. This boy 's mile long walk is

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the furthest distance he has completed, he was born with

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congenital heart disease and had his first major operation 18 months

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ago. He is now stronger than ever and raising money for older hey

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Hospital who have helped him. It is a great achievement because what he

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has got is very rare. He looks normal but he suffers inside. When I

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used to walk, I used to get breathless easily but now I have

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done a mile, so it is a good achievement. How does it feel to

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have walked a mile? Great! And his friends think so too.

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After a very stormy night, we will see better weather conditions

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returning. It will be a gradual process. The strong winds will ease

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into the afternoon but we have showers around and they will produce

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heavy rain and snow over higher ground. For a period of time, they

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will ease at tea`time on the daytime temperature will reach a maximum of

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eight Celsius. As the winds ease, we will see showers across Lancashire

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into the early hours. And the chance of a frost developing across

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Cheshire. A bit of ice on untreated roads and pavements. Sunday is a

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much better day, dry and bright with light winds, but further rain by

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Monday. I will be back later at good afternoon.

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Good afternoon. It looks as though we could be heading towards a sunny

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Sunday, something I assure we will all be

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