Sir Bobby service to be shown live in Ipswich

IPSWICH people will be able to pay tribute to soccer legend Sir Bobby Robson when his memorial service is shown live on big screens on the Cornhill.

Graham Dines

IPSWICH Town fans will be able to pay tribute to football legend Sir Bobby Robson when his memorial service is shown live on big screens on the Cornhill in Ipswich.

In what is sure to be an emotional occasion, the borough council has received special permission to transmit the service from Durham Cathedral on September 21.

Sky Television, which is screening the programme, the Football Association, and Ipswich Town have all given the go-ahead for the Ipswich open air screening.

Ipswich Town are supplying film material from Sir Bobby's 13-year spell as manager at Portman Road and these will be run from noon before the live broadcast from the cathedral starts at 2pm.

Liz Harsant, leader of the borough council and a long-time season ticket-holder at Portman Road, will be introducing the event.

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“I am sure there will be a great deal of interest - Sir Bobby was not only a national hero, he was an Ipswich one and will always be a legend here,” said Mrs Harsant.

“We are grateful to the FA and to the football club for their support and I hope many people turn up and pay their respects to this great man.

“We thought it was fitting to hold the event on the Cornhill as this was the scene of the FA Cup celebration and the granting of the Freedom of the Borough to Sir Bobby just last year.”

Sir Bobby lost his long battle with cancer on July 31, dying at his home in County Durham. He became manager at Portman Road in 1969 and guided Ipswich Town to FA Cup glory in 1978 and UEFA Cup victory in 1981.

He left Ipswich in 1982 to take charge of the England national side and went on to manage a host of top sides across Europe, returning to the North East to become Newcastle boss in 1999. He was knighted in 2002.

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