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The iconic Union Jack flag that stands proud at the gateway to the Isle of Wight has been given a makeover in light of England’s current success in the World Cup.

Wight Shipyard Co. have taken a paint brush to the giant flag on the Columbine Building in East Cowes to create the world’s largest St George’s Cross. The hangar doors measure some 46m wide and 12m tall, making the flag a whopping 550 square metres.

It comes as the England football team progress to the semi-finals in Russia. They will face Croatia tomorrow evening (Wednesday) with high hopes of making the final on Sunday and ultimately bringing football home.

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Don’t fear… the Union Jack will be flying once again as the transformation is only temporary using a washable paint solution. The Union Jack was originally painted back in 1977 to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.

Peter Morton of Wight Shipyard Co. has said:

“We’ve a full order book – British built, British engineering, best of British workmanship – and genuinely globally recognised and tremendously well respected. We’re building world class vessels right here in Cowes and completing world class superyacht refits in Southampton.

“Changing the Flag to the traditional St George’s cross is as much about the football as it is Brexit and UK Plc.

“The entire country is behind our lads in Russia and in some way anything that we can do to add encouragement and enthusiasm is a ‘no brainer’.

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“We’re all backing England, Cowes is backing England – and we of course wish the team the very best for tomorrow night’s game. Football is coming home”.

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