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Manchester hotel tribute to United legend George Best

By Allan Preston

George Best will be honoured twice this year with plans for a new Manchester hotel in his name and the premiere of his biopic to be screened in his home city.

The proposal to build a hotel celebrating the legendary Belfast footballer’s life in the city where he played his club football was announced by the developer behind the £20m Shankly Hotel in Liverpool.

The search for a suitable location for the hotel has already begun with the backing of the Best family, and it’s hoped it will attract Manchester United fans from all around the world.

Lawrence Kenwright, founder of the Signature Living development company, said he was keen to hear from fans with ideas about suitable sites for the hotel.

“We will be collaborating with the Best family on this special project and are looking forward to delivering this once we find an appropriate venue to create the hotel,” he told Insider Media.

“It will include a restaurant and museum space dedicated to the footballing success of this giant of the beautiful game.”

He continued: “I personally am incredibly excited at the prospect of bringing a George Best hotel to Manchester. It will be a tourist destination in its own right and will add a different dimension to Manchester’s burgeoning accommodation offer.”

Meanwhile, the Belfast premiere of the George Best biopic will take place at the Dublin Road Movie House on December 16.

Produced by the documentary team behind Bobby Sands: 66 days, the new film ‘Best (George Best: All By Himself)’ was funded by the BBC and produced by Fine Point Films.

“George Best is a global icon and our aim was to present his life story to an international audience,” the film’s producer Trevor Birney told Belfast Live.

“We’ve been working on the film for over two years and are very excited that audiences around the world are soon going to be able to see it.

“Our objective was to bring the story to another level through extended interviews with a number of high profile people, delving deeper into their relationship with Best through his periods of significant success and also when suffering from his darkest moments from his alcoholism which defined most of his later life.”

Mr Birney will be joined by the film’s director Dan Gordon after the screening to answer questions. A Dublin premiere is to follow on February 18 followed by general release in Ireland and the UK on February 24.

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