Three Lions on the walls
PROUD England fans across Peterborough are flying the flag of St George as they get behind their team at the World Cup.
Thousands of flags can be seen around the city, hanging from bedroom windows, pinned up on walls, attached to cars and adorning t-shirts as anticipation builds for England’s opening match with the USA tomorrow in South Africa.
Football-mad Peterborians are doing their bit to cheer on Fabio Capello’s men, led by inspirational captain Steven Gerrard, and are hoping to see the Three Lions roar to victory and end the 44-year wait for international success.
One of the city’s most decorated houses can be found in Vale Drive, Hampton Vale, where 26-year-old DJ Rob Hardingham has put up five massive flags and a 19-ft England banner.
He said: “I’ve never done this before but I work at the Yates Bar in the city and they’re going all out for the World Cup, and so I thought I’d do the same.
“I’ve been getting some fantastic comments from people who pass the house, and my son Lewis (4) loves it.”
Despite rumours of killjoy councils preventing people from displaying their national flags during the tournament, Peterborough City Council is encouraging all fans to get behind their teams.
A spokesman said: “The most important thing is that residents enjoy the World Cup and have a good time, while remembering to respect the feelings of their neighbours.
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SIGN OF SUPPORT: Rob Hardingham outside his home which is draped with England flags.