George Best statue unveiled in Belfast

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Football legend Pat Jennings unveiling George Best statue, alongside George's sister Barbara

by Gráinne Connolly

A life sized bronzed statue has been unveiled in Belfast of Northern Ireland and Manchester United legend George Best. 

It's on display outside the Olympia Leisure Centre, on what would have been his 73rd birthday. 

An unveiling ceremony was held earlier today and the statue was gifted to Belfast City Council. 

It was created by Belfast sculptor Tony Currie from the art group 'Lecale Bronze' and was funded by fans through public donation. 

It captures Best's famed movement and balance as he dribbles the ball.

George's sister Barbara, who unveiled the statue alongside football legend Pat Jennings says there has been a great response to the monument. 

She told Q Radio, "I think it's brilliant. Our George, I just loved him to bits.

"George's legacy will always live on for years to come.

"Our Belfast boy and he's back where he should be."

Former Northern Ireland goalkeeper Pat Jennings joined the national team on the same night as Best. 

He described George as one of the best footballers in the world, the Ronald and Messi of his day.

Meanwhile, Irish singer Brian Kennedy was among some of the dignatories there for the unveiling. 

He sang 'You raise me up' at George Best's funeral. 

Mr Kennedy paid tribute to him with a poem he wrote: 

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