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London estate emblazoned with England flags for World Cup

There are thought to be more than 300 flags hanging in the Kirby Estate in Bermondsey.

A London housing estate has been adorned with England flags as fans show their support for the World Cup team in Russia.

There are thought to be more than 300 flags hanging in the Kirby Estate in Bermondsey, south London.

Local resident Geraldine Howard said her patriotic act of erecting a flag a few years ago had been followed by a neighbour, and “snowballed” from there, after residents were asked by letter if they were happy with the new decor.

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Residents have embraced patriotism (Victoria Jones/PA)

Ms Howard said the move had been welcomed by all those living in the estate, with some people choosing to display the flag of their home nation alongside the red and white of England.

She said: “Everyone’s embraced it. It’s such a diverse community on here anyway. It’s a really good community spirit.

“We just said if you want to fly your own flag that’s fine, but they’ve said they want to put it in between the England flag because they live in the country, they work in the country, and while they want to support their national team, they also want to support England which is really, really nice.”

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Kirby Estate residents are showing their support (Victoria Jones/PA)

Other flags flying among the mass of England St George’s Crosses include those of Colombia and Poland.

Ms Howard said the flags will stay up “until England get knocked out so ‘Come on England’, let’s hope they do well”.

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