Three Lions on the walls

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By ADAM UREN

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.

* Are you Eng­land’s num­ber one fan or is your home draped in flags and bunting for the World Cup? If so, call our news­desk on 01733 588735.

SIGN OF SUP­PORT: Rob Hard­ing­ham out­side his home which is draped with Eng­land flags.

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