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Golf event to honour legend Best

George Best playing for Manchester United
George Best will be commemorated by the event

Celebrities from all over the UK and Ireland will be in action in the first ever George Best Golf Invitational event at Galgorm Castle on Sunday.

Robert Powell and Coronation Street stars Trevor Dwyer-Lynch and Alan Halsall will be among the actors taking to the fairways at the Ballymena club.

Sporting stars Dennis Taylor, Willie Thorne, Mike England, Kris Akabusi and Mark Allen are also taking part.

The charity event will raise funds for the George Best Foundation.

Other confirmed celebrities include actors Gary Webster and Denise Welsh, former world darts champions John Lowe and Bob Anderson, comedians Stan Boardman and Gene Fitzpatrick, rugby stars Stephen Ferris and Bryn Cunningham and BBC Northern Ireland presenter Jackie Fullerton.

TV presenter and former Ardglass Golf Club captain Gerry Kelly will also be in action while Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards has a chance to show whether his golf is any better than his hapless attempts at ski jumping.

In addition to watching the stars negotiating their way round the tricky Galgorm track, spectators will also be able to view extensive memorabiliia from the Manchester United and Northern Ireland legend's football career.

These will include a mini owned by the football great which was recently rescued and restored as well as numerous shirts, trophies and medals.

Several items have never been on show before including a pair of George's boots which he gave to another Northern Ireland great Pat Jennings.

The George Best Memorial Foundation will also be running a Family Fun Day in the grounds of Galgorm Castle which will include falconry, assault courses and a host of children's activities.

All proceeds from the day will go to the George Best Foundation, which funds research into liver disease and alcoholism as well as support the promotion of a healthy lifestyle among young people.

The event tees off at 1030 BST on Sunday morning.

Belfast-born Best, a football legend for Northern Ireland and Manchester United, died in November 2005 of multiple organ failure after a long battle against alcoholism.




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