Flags to fly at Portsmouth’s Square Tower

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A SYMBOL of the spirit of Portsmouth is set to be unveiled at the city’s Square Tower.

Conceived by the owner of the Southsea Tower, Steve Hender, his friend and royal tailor Keith Levitt and local historian Alex Naylor, a three and a half yard English Standard Flag, featuring the three lions crest of King Richard I, will be raised at 2pm on Monday.

Mr Hender hopes the banner, and a Portsmouth flag emblazoned with the city’s star and crescent motif, will serve as a welcome to all ships entering the city, as well as a mark of the community spirit in the city.

He said: ‘It will be raised at the entrance to the harbour, and will be seen by everyone coming in by sea. We were inspired by the fact that unlike in other parts of the country, people here didn’t get involved in the rioting this summer. Even in Southampton there were fears the city could erupt, but there was nothing like that here. We’re better than all that. It’s a fun and inspiring thing to do, for visitors and the people of Portsmouth alike.’

The flags will be raised at the tower 2pm on Monday, and the ceremony will be led by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Cheryl Buggy.