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Good afternoon. Former Preston and England winger Sir Tom Finney died
yesterday at the age of 91. Finney made more than 400 league
appearances for Preston North End and won 76 caps for England. Yunus
Mulla reports. If you speak to anybody at the club
today or anybody who came to lay tributes, they will say Tom Finney
was the greatest player to play for us to North end. He spent his career
here and his life in Preston. A stream of people today have been
coming to Deepdale to lay tributes and remember him with affection
How can a man I never met or never had the privilege to see the half
such a profound effect? It is very sad for everyone in
Preston. Wherever we go on holiday, you mention Preston North End and
right away, Tom Finney. I knew people who played with him and grew
up with him and they said he was a fantastic figure on and off the
pitch. The match against Leyton Orient was always going to be
important but added significance, as to North end players will be wearing
shirts with the name Finney on their back.
The body of a teenager was found this morning in Oldham after police
were called at 8am to Ripponden Road. The young man has not yet been
identified and an investigation has been launched.
This week has been Congenital Heart Defect week and one 11`year`old boy
from Blackburn. Who has the condition, has rounded up his school
friends to join him in raising money. Emma Blackburn reports.
The shoelaces are tied. The new school tracksuits are revealed.
These year six pupils are ready for their sponsored walk. To help a
friend. Walking four times around the pitch at Blackburn Rovers, these
children know what this challenge means. This boy 's mile long walk is
the furthest distance he has completed, he was born with
congenital heart disease and had his first major operation 18 months
ago. He is now stronger than ever and raising money for older hey
Hospital who have helped him. It is a great achievement because what he
has got is very rare. He looks normal but he suffers inside. When I
used to walk, I used to get breathless easily but now I have
done a mile, so it is a good achievement. How does it feel to
have walked a mile? Great! And his friends think so too.
After a very stormy night, we will see better weather conditions
returning. It will be a gradual process. The strong winds will ease
into the afternoon but we have showers around and they will produce
heavy rain and snow over higher ground. For a period of time, they
will ease at tea`time on the daytime temperature will reach a maximum of
eight Celsius. As the winds ease, we will see showers across Lancashire
into the early hours. And the chance of a frost developing across
Cheshire. A bit of ice on untreated roads and pavements. Sunday is a
much better day, dry and bright with light winds, but further rain by
Monday. I will be back later at good afternoon.
Good afternoon. It looks as though we could be heading towards a sunny
Sunday, something I assure we will all be