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Football: I'M FLYING THE FLAG FOR ENGLAND.

Byline: By Sien Powell

FOOTIE fan Pat Hamblett will be avidly watching the World Cup - but she'll be scouring the crowds not the pitch.

The mum-of-two, makes giant flags which will be seen fluttering around German stadiums throughout the competition.

The 52-year-old only set up the fledgling enterprise after making a flag for a friend of her son for the Nuneaton Boro FA Cup clash with Middlesbrough earlier this year.

But now the one-woman industry has pulled in orders from across the country for flags of all shapes and sizes. Many of them will be brightening German stadiums this summer.

The largest order she has had so far is a 24ft by 12ft flag from Redditch which will be flying at England's first match on June 9.

She said: "It's quite exciting. I'm a keen football supporter myself so to be able to give the local supporters a flag is great, and I enjoy making them as well."

The mother-of-two, an administrator at Connexions, is fully booked for her flags until the end of the World Cup and already has orders for the new football season in August - and the Ashes tour to Australia in November.

She said: "I had a lorry driver come down from York the night before just to ensure his flag was paid for. He wanted to have the big unveiling in his pub before he takes it out to the World Cup."

Mrs Hamblett has been a Nuneaton Boro fan since she met husband Mick when she was 17.

Sons Dave, aged 27 and Rich, aged 24, are supporting the enterprise, called Loyal Flags.

She said: "They are really excited, they are helping me as much as they can.

"Dave is constantly updating and putting new ideas on the website, the latest is a countdown to the World Cup."

To see more of Mrs Hamblett's flags log on to www.loyalflags.com

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 13, 2006
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