Fans to celebrate life of leg­end

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

Celtic sup­port­ers will gather in Castlemilk at the grave­side of club leg­end Tommy Burns to mark the 10th an­niver­sary of his death.

The for­mer player and man­ager died of skin cancer aged 51 on May 15, 2008.

His fu­neral, at­tended by more than 10,000, was held at St Mary’s Church in his na­tive Cal­ton be­fore he was laid to rest at Linn Ceme­tery in Castlemilk.

And the Celtic Graves So­ci­ety will mark the oc­ca­sion on Satur­day, May 12, at a time to be de­cided.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion said: “As the 10th an­niver­sary of the pass­ing of Tommy Burns ap­proaches, the Celtic Graves So­ci­ety are de­lighted to an­nounce a cer­e­mony to celebrate the life of one of the most iconic men to ever rep­re­sent our foot­ball club, Tommy Burns.

“All sup­port­ers are in­vited to join us and many of Tommy’s for­mer team­mates as we gather at his grave­side to hear sto­ries of this won­der­ful man, to pay our re­spects and give thanks for hav­ing such a true leg­end rep­re­sent us on Celtic Park.”

Burns joined Celtic as a teenager be­fore leav­ing in 1989, aged 32, to join Kil­marnock. He re­turned to Celtic in 1994 as man­ager.

Burns was di­ag­nosed with skin cancer in 2006 and sur­geons re­moved two growths from his leg. It ap­peared he had beaten the dis­ease and said he hoped that his ill­ness would make peo­ple more aware of skin cancer.

How­ever, the cancer re­turned months be­fore he died.

For more on the Celtic Graves So­ci­ety visit www. celtic­

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