OLYMPIC banners and adverts are to go up around Portsmouth.
The city council has received £25,000 from the Greater London Authority to promote the games with temporary hoardings and colourful banners. They will go up in Guildhall Square around the BBC’s Big Screen and on the civic offices’ balcony, as well as decorating The Hard, Portsmouth International Port and the Stanhope Road car park.
There will also be huge window graphics on the sides of the council’s offices and all the Olympic features will stay in place until September 30 this year.
Cllr Lee Hunt, who’s in charge of culture issues, said: ‘I am extremely pleased about this. ‘We will be having many Olympic teams coming through the port and other people will also see this branding right across Portsmouth.
‘It is the city getting involved with the Olympic games in a very real way.’
‘The whole thing is going to be good fun and we are really entering into the spirit of it.’
Conservative spokesman for culture, leisure and sport, Cllr Jim Fleming, said he completely agreed with the plans.
‘To have these banners and adverts up at the Port will be a big boost,’ he said. ‘They look like they will actually improve the areas where they are going to be hung.
‘Lets hope it will be a great event for Portsmouth to get involved in.’
Chairman of the Portsmouth Cultural Partnership Steve Pitt said he thought the banners were a great idea.
‘It is exactly the sort of thing we should be doing,’ he said.
‘We need to advertise that Olympic events and celebrations aren’t just going to happen in London.
‘This will be an event that involves the whole country and gives tourism and businesses a boost everywhere.’