Thousands still visiting George Best's grave

 

More than 1,000 people a day are still visiting George Best's grave, it was revealed today.

As the weeks pass since his funeral the number paying homage at the final resting place of the footballing genius shows no sign of abating.

On the first day after the funeral Roselawn Cemetery in the hills above the east Belfast streets where Best grew up saw 15,000 file past the grave and the host of floral tributes laid out as a shrine amongst the near by trees.

"It's been an absolutely phenomenal response to a legend," said a spokesman for Belfast City Council who administer the cemetery.

But now they would like it to return to its more normal peaceful state. In the New Year councillors will give consideration to the siting of a permanent memorial to Best which mean's the grave he shares with his mother Ann, and those of others packed closely around, are no longer disturbed.

It could mean a memorial in the cemetery, or one at Belfast City Hall or even somewhere nearer his former home in the Cregagh area of east Belfast.