When a controversial topic hits the streets of Portsmouth, you’re certain to come across some very interesting opinions.
With such contrasting views, the colour of the Spinnaker Tower has dominated discussions.
The football rivalry between Southampton and Portsmouth and the strength of feeling amongst Pompey fans soon made red and white a non-starter
Or should we say the colour of the Emirates Spinnaker Tower.
It’s a sensitive subject for residents across Portsea island and the surrounding area; the tower is a symbol of our city and generates such a buzz among those visiting.
Initial proposals had the tower painted red and white. But of course we weren’t having any of that.
The football rivalry between Southampton and Portsmouth and the strength of feeling amongst Pompey fans soon made that a non-starter.
The sponsorship could rake in millions of pounds for the local economy, but my understanding is that some would rather we didn’t have the cash if it meant we’d have to have a red and white tower in our midst.
Now people’s voices have been heard and the new plans are out, with the tower to be painted blue, white and gold.
So instead of Saints red we will have Pompey blue, which I imagine will be a sight welcomed by thousands across the area.
As well as this, blue is the colour of the sea and I think it will become a welcome shade complementing the harbour.
Next we have the gold, which many can relate to from the Portsmouth crest. There’s also something about gold which presents a sense of prosperity.
And then there’s the white – the original colour of the tower.
It really is brilliant to hear that the council and Emirates have gone back to the drawing board to accommodate the views of residents.
But whatever colour the tower is painted, it will still promote Emirates.