Family are flying flags for England

COME ON, ENGLAND ... Jack and Grace Bell outside their decorated Jarrow home. (Photograph: PAUL PERRY)
COME ON, ENGLAND ... Jack and Grace Bell outside their decorated Jarrow home. (Photograph: PAUL PERRY)

PATRIOTIC residents in a South Tyneside street are really flagging up England’s chances of a victory over Uruguay in the World Cup tomorrow.

Football-mad youngsters Jack and Grace Bell pestered their parents to decorate their home in Raby Gardens, Jarrow, with England flags, plus some of the national flags of other competing countries.

After keeping up the pressure, the youngsters, both pupils at Valley View Primary School, Jarrow, eventually got their way.

Mum Tessa Bell, 39, said: “Jack, who is 10, and six-year-old Grace, went on and on about how they liked all the England flags on the Robin Hood pub in Jarrow, and wanted us to do the same.

“Jack is friendly with the son of Norman Scott, who runs the Robin Hood, and we eventually relented and got some of the flags through eBay and some through the pub.

“Our house is covered with England flags and we also have some from Brazil, Argentina, Portugal and Spain.

“There has been a great reaction from local residents and some people pushing leaflets through the door, even asked to have their picture taken with our house.

“We all thought England were unlucky not to win against Italy and we’re just hoping they can beat Uruguay tomorrow night.”

Residents in Raby Gardens are known for pushing the boat out to celebrate big public occasions, including the Olympics in 2012 and the Queen’s Jubilee.

On Saturday, July 5, residents have police permission to close off the street from noon onwards for a street party to celebrate the World Cup quarter-finals – whether England make it or not!

Mrs Bell added: “We are going to have various stalls and attractions and all proceeds will be for St Clare’s Hospice.

“It should be a great event and we hope to raise as much money as possible for the hospice.”

Local photographer Paul Perry, a neighbour of the football-mad family, took a picture of the patriotic property.

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