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Sir Tom Finney's family 'overwhelmed' by tributes

The family of Preston North End legend Sir Tom Finney have released a statement, thanking people for the kindness and support they have received.

Tom Finney holds up the Footballer of the Year trophy in 1957 Credit: PA

They said:“We would like to offer our sincere thanks to everyone who has shown us such kindness and support and shared in our sorrow over these past two weeks.

Tributes to Sir Tom Finney Credit: Granada Reports

“We have been truly overwhelmed by the warm tributes, touching comments and heartfelt messages of condolence. A great comfort at the saddest of times.

“The people from here in the proud city of Preston to right across our nation and overseas and to all those involved with Preston North End FC and the football community at large.

Fans applauded the funeral cortege of Sir Tom Finney as it went past Deepdale Credit: PA

“The wonderful turn-out for the civic funeral service epitomised just what dad meant to everyone and he, like us, would have found it a humbling experience."

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Police concern for missing man

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the safety of a 45 year old Preston man who has been reported missing. They say George Mayo needs regular medication. He has been reported missing from an address on Whittingham Lane in Preston since Tuesday morning.

“Mr Mayo requires regular medication which we don’t believe he has access to and so concerns are growing for him the longer he is missing.

“Although he could still be in the Preston area, there is the possibility that he may have travelled out of the area as well so we would urge people all over the country to be vigilant and to report any sightings to police as soon as possible.”

– Inspector Wendy Fitzgerald, Lancashire Police

Minute's applause plan for Finney tribute

Sir Tom Finney Credit: PA Pictures

Fans of Preston North End and MK Dons are being asked to come together in memory of Sir Tommy Finney, who died on Friday at the age of 91.

PNE travel to stadiummk tonight, Tuesday, and supporters are urged to applaud throughout the seventh minute as a mark of respect to Sir Tom.

Sir Tom played in the number seven shirt for Preston.

Mk Dons were an integral part of Sir Tom’s 90th birthday celebrations at Deepdale two seasons ago.

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Heartbreak for Preston skater Stacey Kemp

Skater Stacey Kemp, from Preston, and her partner David King, encountered Winter Olympic heartbreak today at the Iceberg Skating Palace.

Great Britain's Stacey Kemp and David King in the Pairs short program during the 2014 Sochi Credit: PA

The couple, who are engaged, made their first appearance in Sochi at the team event last week and King admitted they were far from their best after Kemp had crashed to the ice following a throw.

Great Britain's Stacey Kemp and David King in the Pairs short program during the 2014 Sochi Credit: PA

The eight-times British champions are now in more trouble as Stacey Kemp fell once more during their routine.

They were awarded 44.98 after a one point deduction.

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