This week, George Best’s ex-wife talked fondly of how Belfast continues to remember its native son. With murals at every turn, his name attached to one of the city’s airports and with work being completed on Signature Living’s George Best Hotel, George Best’s legacy is sure to continue for many years to come.
Alex Best was married to the famous footballer for nearly ten years, with the couple parting ways just a few months before his death in 2005.
Speaking to Belfast Live, she said: “He would be so proud to see it all, the murals, the airport, the hotel. His legacy. This place meant everything to him.”
The Boy From Belfast
Born and raised in Cregagh, East Belfast, George Best had humble roots that shaped him into the great man and footballer he came to be.
From his first kick on Cregagh Green to donning the green shirt for his country, George Best was all about the city that he loved.
After doing his country proud on the pitch and on the pages of magazines, the people of Northern Ireland will always remember the cheeky, baby-faced star that touched the lives of millions.
Even following his tragic death in 2005, his name continues to spark a fire in football fans and warm the hearts of all, with many monuments and tributes to the boy from Belfast.
Former Wife Alex Best Speaks of His Legacy
When she returned to Belfast for a business launch, Alex discussed her ex-husband, voicing her praise of how the city continues to remember the man who was so well-loved.
“It’s nice to know everyone still remembers him each year, he would have liked that.
It’s like he said, ‘if even one person thinks I was the best player in the world, then that’s enough.’
Well, looking around here you can see just how much he meant to people.”
Despite their divorce being finalised in 2005, she chose to keep the Best name, saying she’s proud to hold onto the moniker that was such a huge part of her life.
Family Support for The George Best Hotel
Signature Living had worked closely with George Best’s family to make sure one of football’s great is remembered how he deserves to be.
Barbara McNarry, George Best’s sister, said earlier this year that she was immensely proud of the hotel proposal and has offered her full support to the development of The Scottish Mutual Building into one of Belfast’s best hotels.
The Best family has also donated some fascinating memorabilia to the hotel which will serve as a museum to George Best’s life and legacy. Items include everything from a signed shirt from the day of Best’s funeral to a silver Northern Ireland cap.
Now, with the seal of approval from Alex Best, it’s another family member that has backed the idea of creating a lasting and inclusive monument to his life.
Over the coming months, we’ll be working hard to ensure the Scottish Mutual Building is sensitively restored and transformed into the best hotel Belfast has ever seen. Follow our Facebook to keep up to date and make sure you keep an eye on our latest news!