THERE’S nailing your colours to the mast – and then there’s sticking them to your house.
England fans could be forgiven for wanting to keep a low profile after the team’s disappointing performances in the World Cup so far.
But this Crosland Heath family are well and truly house proud of their support for the national team.
A big red cross, measuring about 50ft by 40ft, has turned the white gable end of Judy Murphy’s home on Felks Stile Road into a giant cross of St George.
Judy’s sons, Simon, 19, and Jonathan, 27, wanted to make a big statement to celebrate the start of the World Cup – and the birth of their nephew, Charlie.
Their sister Emma McIlwrick, 32, and her husband, Brian, 46, of Linthwaite, welcomed the bouncing baby into the world on the day the tournament kicked off.
Childminder Judy, 56, said: “It was just a fun idea to support the England team and celebrate the birth of Charlie.
“I told them they’d never get the paint off, so they went down to Staples and bought a big roll of red tape.”
England face Slovenia tomorrow knowing they must win to guarantee a place in the last 16 of the competition.
Mrs Murphy said: “Let’s hope we don’t have to take the cross down on Thursday.”
Meanwhile England fan Carl Matthews has taken ‘home support’ to a whole new level with a giant 30ft x 11ft flag draped over his Shepley property.
Carl made the enormous St George’s Cross out of an old banner.
He said: “I was asked to throw away this old banner advertising Storthes Hall student accommodation and while I was doing it I realised it was white on the other side.
“We just painted a big red cross on it and I got the neighbours to help me put it up.
“I did think there would be complaints but there’s been none so far. People have been stopping outside the house to take photos of it.”