First lick of blue paint put on Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower

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ABSEILERS have started coating the Spinnaker Tower in blue paint this morning.

The Portsmouth landmark is getting a makeover following the decision to award airline giant Emirates its naming rights.

The original plan was to paint the tower red - but a backlash resulted in new plans being drawn up and a stunning blue, white and gold finish being agreed upon.

The bottom legs of the tower will be painted blue in time for the America’s Cup World Series from July 23 to 26.

Part of the structure will also be painted metallic gold after the cup.

Spinnaker Tower bosses have tweeted a picture of workers beginning the paint job today.

Painting of the Spinnaker Tower started today. ''Pictures: Sarah Standing (151118-1054)

Painting of the Spinnaker Tower started today. ''Pictures: Sarah Standing (151118-1054)