Sailors’ support shown through massive banner

CROWDS The News 'Welcome home' banner
CROWDS The News 'Welcome home' banner
From left, Staff Sergeant Albie Annan and Corporal Luke Reynolds (170953-1)

‘Training has been tough but we are prepared’

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A HUGE 65ft banner welcomed sailors into Britain as HMS Liverpool arrived home from seven months deployment yesterday.

Hampshire Flag Company, based in Waterlooville, made the sign for The News to mark the return of the Portsmouth-based warship from Libya.

The banner – which bore Liverpool’s affectionate nickname ‘the crazy red chicken’ – was hung at the Round Tower, Old Portsmouth, in time to see Liverpool pass.

Members of the public waved patriotic handheld flags, which were also donated by the firm, as the warship sailed by.

Graham Wilkinson, director of Hampshire Flag Company, said: ‘We’re very proud of the Royal Navy and we wanted them to know that.

‘They do an outstanding job.

‘We wanted those on board Liverpool to know that not only do they have the support of their family and friends, but they have the support of the general public too.’