Gran hopes three lions roar for son
A CITY gran is flying the flag for England in memory of her football fanatic son who died earlier this year.
Sylvia Springthorpe (78) has decked her terraced house in Southfields Avenue, Stanground, with dozens of St George flags and Three Lions emblems to mark the World Cup in memory of her son Neil Martin, who died in February.
Neil, who was a founder member of the Hampton football club, was such a big football fan he even had his ashes scattered at Peterborough United’s London Road ground.
Sylvia has even persuaded her neighbours to decorate their houses too.
Today she said: “Neil was a huge football fan, and I know he would be engrossed in the World Cup, shouting at the television.
“I love football as well, but I know Neil would have loved this.
“It would have been his 57th birthday today, so I know he would be having a great time watching the football.
“I am confident England will do it tomorrow. I have got a poster of Wayne Rooney in my window so he had better do something tomorrow. I am not sure we have the right manager though.
“Even if we do get knocked out I will keep the decorations up throughout the tournament.”
PATRIOTIC: Sylvia Springthorpe (right) of Southfields Avenue, Stanground, has decorated her house to support England and remember her son. With neighbours (from left) Geoff Dickerson, Gill Podzuns and Sue Venters (METP-14-06-10GM020) PICTURE: Georgi Mabee