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Family puts the flags out for England

THE flags are flying in Wilmslow as the England team get ready for their World Cup campaign.

THE flags are flying in Wilmslow as the England team get ready for their World Cup campaign.

But an Alderley Edge family have gone one better by hoisting a St George cross up their flagpole.

And for good measure they have painted the garage door to match.

The Gregory family's detached home has already become something of a landmark on Congleton Road after they hoisted an England flag up a 10ft flag pole to mark the 2002 World Cup in Japan.

But Julie and husband Jan and sons Joe, 24, Edward, 22, Sam, 18, and Ben, 15, wanted to go one better this year and painted the flag on their garage door.

Now they are ready to cheer on Sven's boys when the World Cup kicks off in Germany on Friday, June 9.

Mum Julie said: "It is all a just bit of fun. We are all really big football fans and we have a white garage door so the boys suggested painting the flag on it, they promised we could paint it back if I didn't like it!"

Proud and passionate supporters of England, Julie said the 10ft flag pole stood empty when they moved in four years ago so they put up the St George's flag to cheer on the team during the 2002 tournament.

When England were knocked out of the competition by the eventual winners Brazil in the quarter finals, they even lowered the flag to half mast out of respect.

Julie said: "We were going to take it down but everyone told us not to - apparently it has become a landmark now and people use it to give directions."

A keen poet, Julie has penned an ode, printed in this week's Express, to the highs and lows of being a football mad family, ready to support England through thick and thin this summer.

The family, all Manchester United fans, plan to watch the World Cup matches on the big screen at home with family and friends.

And with the bookies rating England second favourites behind Brazil to win this summer, with odds of 9-1, Julie believes this could be the year that Beckham lifts the Jules Remy Cup.

She said: "We have an excellent team, even without Wayne Rooney we have some superb players and I really do think this could be our year."

 

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