Celebrating the life of Sir Bobby Charlton

Tuesday 31 October 2023 17:00

A funeral service for Sir Bobby Charlton will take place at Manchester Cathedral on Monday 13 November at 14:00 GMT.

The ceremony will celebrate and pay tribute to Sir Bobby’s incredible life as a husband, father, grandfather and, of course, as one of the finest footballers this country has ever produced. 

The procession to the Cathedral will pass by Old Trafford for a moment of reflection and provide an opportunity for fans to say a final farewell to a true Manchester United legend. 

Further details of the service and the procession will be communicated in due course. 

The family will then hold a private committal for Sir Bobby and have requested privacy around the arrangements for this.
In the past week, thousands of football fans from across the UK and beyond have travelled to Old Trafford to pay their respects to Sir Bobby. 

The area in front of the famous Trinity statue - where he is immortalised alongside team-mates and fellow Ballon d’Or winners George Best and Denis Law - has been filled with memorabilia and floral tributes. More than 80,000 fans have also signed the books of condolence - both online or in person at Old Trafford.

The memorabilia placed by mourning fans has been carefully relocated to the Old Trafford Museum and will join the tributes left by fans following the passing of Sir Matt Busby in 1994. 

In addition, all the plastic will be removed from the floral tributes and will be recycled, and the flowers will be composted and used in the gardens at United’s Carrington Training Complex.

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