A pair of George Best’s football boots which were almost forgotten in a house in west Belfast for more than 30 years are to get a starring role in a new musical about his colourful life.
The size seven boots which were given to Tommy and Lottie Graham by the football legend’s father are being dusted down for the show Dancing Shoes which opens in Belfast’s Grand Opera House next week.
Wolverhampton Wanderers fan Tommy revealed that his friend Dickie Best gave him the boots in the 1960s.
Tommy said: “Lottie and I were in Dickie and his wife Ann’s home one night after George had just returned from playing for Manchester United against City.
“The boots were sitting in the kitchen — Dickie told me they were ‘the wee lad’s' and I could have them if I wanted them.”
He added: “I’d virtually forgotten about them until Lottie heard about the musical. We contacted the producers to see if they wanted the boots.”
One of the writers Martin Lynch said “We're delighted to get them. It's really special for us to have a real life link to George on stage.”
Dancing Shoes opens at the Grand Opera House on July 28. Further info on www.goh.co.uk.