Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

No gala invite for Best's ex-wife

Angie Best will not be attending the gala of a musical about her former husband George

George Best's first wife has been left off the invitation list to attend a gala reception during the opening run of a new musical about the soccer star's life.

Even though Angie Best will be in Belfast with her son Calum for the first night of the Dancing Shoes production at the city's Grand Opera House, no place has been reserved for her at a pre-show function three days later.

Mrs Best said: "I did not know about it because I have not been invited."

Dancing Shoes will follow the key moments of Best's career at the height of European football as well as his troubled personal life.

A celebrity get together during one of the performance nights will feature former Northern Ireland international Norman Whiteside and Best's ex-teammates Harry Gregg and Alex Stepney.

The glittering event for the George Best Foundation on July 31 at Belfast's Grand Opera House will be hosted by Sir Michael Parkinson and will also involve a representative from former manager Matt Busby's family.

Guests will take in the performance of Dancing Shoes by Northern Ireland writers Martin Lynch and Marie Jones. It is unclear at this stage whether Calum, 29, will attend.

The foundation has as its patron Professor Roger Williams who treated Best for liver disease. It was established by his sister Barbara McNarry following his death in November 2005 to promote a healthier life among young people through football.

Mrs McNarry said she was not aware of Angie Best's plans for the opening night but added there was no intention to prevent her from going to the gala event. Mrs McNarry said she was unsure if she herself would attend the show on the opening night as she had a busy schedule but would be there for the Foundation event.

Mrs Best, 57, now lives in Berkshire, England. She met Best in Los Angeles in 1975 and married him three years later. After their marriage broke down in 1986 she became a fitness instructor to the stars, including Cher and Sharon Stone.

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