Gran hopes three lions roar for son

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

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

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