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Paint town blue for Sir Bobby

PUBLISHED: 14:26 15 September 2009 | UPDATED: 08:31 01 August 2010

SHOPKEEPERS in Ipswich were today urged to paint the town blue and white - as a final honour to Sir Bobby Robson.

Borough council leaders are urging traders to deck their windows out in Town's colours on Monday when the former Ipswich and England manager's memorial service is screened live on the Cornhill.

SHOPKEEPERS in Ipswich were today urged to paint the town blue and white - as a final honour to Sir Bobby Robson.

Borough council leaders are urging traders to deck their windows out in Town's colours on Monday when the former Ipswich and England manager's memorial service is screened live on the Cornhill.

They hope to create a bright backdrop of support and respect in Sir Bobby's honour.

The council, backed by Ipswich Town, broadcaster Sky and the Football Association, recently announced it will beam footage direct from the service at Durham Cathedral.

Borough council leader Liz Harsant, a season ticket-holder at Portman Road, urged town centre shops to play their part in making Monday a special occasion.

She said: “I am sure there will be a great deal of interest - Sir Bobby was not only a national hero, he was an Ipswich hero and will always be a legend here.”

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