The Lane, The Finale: Farewell Ceremony
14 May 2017|Tottenham Hotspur
Today’s match against Manchester United marks a momentous occasion in the Club’s history as we say a final farewell to White Hart Lane – our famous home of 118 years.
Fans are encouraged to remain in the stadium after the final whistle for a poignant Farewell Ceremony.
The event will feature former players, along with the current First Team and coaching staff and players from within the Club’s Academy – marking our past, present and exciting future.
Fans will be provided with a pack upon arrival into the stadium that includes a special edition t-shirt and flag.
Please note that there will be a brief intermission between the end of the match and the start of the Ceremony to allow us to make the preparations for the show. During this period, the catering kiosks on our concourses will remain open for refreshments. We would ask that you are back in your seats within 15 minutes of the final whistle.
The Ceremony begins with The Story of White Hart Lane, produced by Theo Delaney and narrated by Oscar-nominated actor/director and lifelong Spurs fan, Sir Kenneth Branagh.
This will be followed by an introduction of former players that have graced the hallowed turf and ‘Oh When the Spurs Go Marching In’ – performed by the London Community Gospel Choir, with accompaniment from the specially-assembled Tottenham Hotspur Marching Band, arranged by Grammy Award-winning musical director, Steve Sidwell.
We shall then look ahead to our exciting future and welcome the current First Team onto the pitch.
This is followed by the Final Farewell – we invite you all to raise your flags as ‘Glory, Glory Hallelujah’ is performed by Tottenham Hotspur fan and world-renowned tenor, Wynne Evans, accompanied by the London Community Gospel Choir and the Tottenham Hotspur Marching Band, arranged by Steve Sidwell.
For those unable to attend the match, Sky Sports will be extending their live coverage to air the Ceremony in its entirety for viewers in the UK and Ireland.
Select broadcasters around the world will also be airing live coverage of the Ceremony – fans outside of the UK and Ireland should check their local listings or tune into the live stream on the Club’s official Facebook page.
Sir Kenneth Branagh
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Sir Kenneth cites boyhood hero and legendary former Club captain Danny Blanchflower as his inspiration behind following Spurs. Branagh trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and in 2015 succeeded Richard Attenborough as its President. Branagh has been nominated for five Academy Awards, five Golden Globes and has won three BAFTAs and an Emmy. Recent projects include Thor, Wallander, Cinderella and he is currently directing and starring in Murder On The Orient Express. He was appointed a knight bachelor in the 2012 Birthday Honours and was knighted on November 9, 2012.
Today’s music has been arranged by Steve Sidwell, another lifelong Spurs fan and renowned composer whose music has featured on numerous albums, television shows, advertising campaigns and films. Steve won a Grammy Award in 2015 for Best Musical Theatre Album for Beautiful: The Musical, for which he was also nominated for a Tony Award. With album credits from Robbie Williams to Dame Shirley Bassey, Steve has performed professionally with many international artists and has made contributions to movie tracks including Moulin Rouge, Romeo & Juliet and Bridget Jones’ Diary.
Born in South Wales and a lifelong fan of the Club, Wynne Evans is an opera singer, radio and TV presenter. His debut album, A Song in My Heart, went to Number 1 in the classical charts and his radio shows have been regularly nominated for Arqiva awards. As well as performing operatic roles at major opera houses such as the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera and the Opera de Lyon, Wynne has also appeared in the part of Piangi for the 25th Anniversary performances of The Phantom of the Opera, broadcast live from the Royal Albert Hall to cinemas worldwide. He has recently been honoured by the Eisteddfod – Wales’ foremost music, arts and cultural festival – with the title of Gorsedd of the Bards.
London Community Gospel Choir
Having started performing in 1982, the LCGC has gone on to become Europe’s leading Gospel choir and one of the most in demand choirs in Europe. The choir regularly grace many of the UK’s greatest stages such as Wembley Stadium (FA Cup Final) and the Royal Albert Hall. ‘The nation’s favourite choir’ have performed alongside a variety of major recording artists including Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Sting, Paul McCartney, Brian May, Luther Vandross, Tina Turner and George Michael.
The Creative Director of today’s Farewell Ceremony, Theo is an accomplished film director and writer. As co-founder and creative director of video content company Watchable, he makes TV commercials through his production company Hotspur & Argyle and has won a variety of awards in the process. His career started in journalism and his writing has appeared in a range of publications including The Guardian, FHM, Campaign and Marketing. A lifelong fan of the Club, he has had a season ticket at White Hart Lane for 27 years. He was the co-writer/director of the Club’s official 125th anniversary films and is a regular contributor to the popular 'Spurs Show' podcast.
The Event Co-Ordinator of today’s Farewell Ceremony, Andrew is a season ticket holder, who is well-known in the international music business. He spent many years as a concert promoter with Harvey Goldsmith Entertainments in London and amongst the many highlights was his role as Production Manager for the Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium in 1985. Andrew has developed his company Sensible Events as a leading Artist agency, booking and producing many European and worldwide tours for major artists such as Roger Waters, Mark Knopfler and Depeche Mode. Andrew is a consultant for AEG Live and has recently organised world tours for artists including Rolling Stones, Justin Bieber and Celine Dion.
With special thanks to Sky Sports and Paul Coyte.