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Patriotic residents in Bermondsey, south east London, have also caught World Cup fever, decking Kirby Estate with more than 300 England flags.

The bunting has been hung across balconies and fences as its 120 residents gear up to cheer on England in the tournament.

Football mad neighbours first decorated their estate for the 2014 World Cup and their enormous flag collection has grown year on year.

Kirby Estate in Bermondsey, south east London, which has been adorned with more than 300 England flags by its football mad residents

Kirby Estate in Bermondsey, south east London, which has been adorned with more than 300 England flags by its football mad residents

Kirby Estate in Bermondsey, south east London, which has been adorned with more than 300 England flags by its football mad residents

Hundreds of flags line the balconies and fences of the estate, where residents have previously gathered to watch important World Cup matches together

Hundreds of flags line the balconies and fences of the estate, where residents have previously gathered to watch important World Cup matches together

Hundreds of flags line the balconies and fences of the estate, where residents have previously gathered to watch important World Cup matches together

Among the collection are the national flags of Colombia and Poland – and those of Spain, France and Portugal are expected to make an appearance. 

Alan Putman, 48, Chris Dowse, 39 and Geraldine Howard, 52, are behind the impressive display.

They pay for all the flags out of their own pocket and intend to leave them up until England gets knocked out of the contest (if they are!).

Residents have been known to hold street parties on days of important matches.

And in 2016 they erected a projection screen in the square so they could all watch the tournament together. 

Top to bottom: The Kirby Estate is decked in dozens of England flags for the tournament

Top to bottom: The Kirby Estate is decked in dozens of England flags for the tournament

Top to bottom: The Kirby Estate is decked in dozens of England flags for the tournament

Patriotic: Residents at the Bermondsey estate first put up the decorations for the 2014 World Cup and their flag collection has grown year on year

Patriotic: Residents at the Bermondsey estate first put up the decorations for the 2014 World Cup and their flag collection has grown year on year

Patriotic: Residents at the Bermondsey estate first put up the decorations for the 2014 World Cup and their flag collection has grown year on year

Chris said: ‘It gives you a warm feeling when you return home after work. It brings people out and it brings the kids together. It gets everyone talking.’ 

Between outings, the flags are stored in Geraldine’s flat in numbered boxes corresponding to their placement around the estate.

She said: ‘It’s a wonderful tradition. One year, I put a flag up, then Alan saw it and decided to do the same.

‘Then Chris saw it and thought we should do the entire estate. It just got bigger and bigger and bigger.

‘This is the first year we’ve done the entire estate.’ 

Polish resident Lukasz Labuda, 36, said: ‘It’s great, it leads to a lot of banter. I love seeing all the flags side by side.’

Resident Loretta McIlvernon, 31, said: ‘We’re a close community around here. Everyone enjoys it and takes part. It’s a lot of fun for everyone.’










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Author: Nancy Parker

Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.

Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.
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