Spinnaker red paint goes to good causes

The Spinnaker Tower in Gunwharf Quays gets its first coat of blue paint after the red colour scheme was rejected Picture: Sarah Standing (151118-1054)
The Spinnaker Tower in Gunwharf Quays gets its first coat of blue paint after the red colour scheme was rejected Picture: Sarah Standing (151118-1054)
  • In total 100 litres of red paint has been donated by Portsmouth City Council
  • Community groups and football clubs benefit from unused paint
  • Emirates spent £4,600 on the unpopular colour
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COMMUNITY groups will be seeing red as litres of paint have been donated to revamp facilities.

In total 100 litres of red paint will be dished out after Portsmouth City Council asked groups to come forward for it.

Solent Arena chairman Setti Mulari collects paint to be used at the arena in Fareham

Solent Arena chairman Setti Mulari collects paint to be used at the arena in Fareham

It follows a backlash when plans were unveiled to paint the Spinnaker Tower red as this is its new sponsor Emirates’ corporate colour.

However thousands of people signed a petition calling for the scheme to be changed, in part because the colour was too similar to Southampton FC’s kit.

Emirates spent £4,600 on the red paint, which became redundant when the decision was made to instead paint the tower in Gunwharf Quays blue, white and gold.

Picking up 40 litres for building improvement was sports centre Solent Arena, in Standard Way, Fareham.

Thanks to the paint donation from Portsmouth City Council our crew of volunteers can give the old concrete surfaces a new shine that is easier to keep clean and it will make the arena a far more aesthetically pleasing place to visit

Solent Arena chairman Setti Mulari

Chairman Setti Mulari said: ‘Our aim is to remove cost barriers so people can take part in a variety of sports and to encourage healthy and active lifestyles in our ageing and increasingly idle society.

‘We do this by offering affordable choices in sports to people in south-east Hampshire.

‘Our facility has given an ageing warehouse building a new lease of life and thanks to the paint donation from the city council our crew of volunteers can give the old concrete surfaces a new shine that is easier to keep clean and it will make the arena a far more aesthetically pleasing place to visit.

‘We are extremely grateful for the generosity and look forward to showing everyone what kind of transformation this donation will facilitate. On behalf of everyone at Solent Arena – thank you.’

Other benefactors were Petersfield Football Club, which got 20 litres to spruce up the grounds and paint stands, and Fareham Football Club which will be given 20 litres for changing rooms and toilet blocks. The Hovercraft Museum in Gosport will be painting its hangar with 20 litres of paint.

Fareham FC secretary Paul Proctor said: ‘The cost in re-doing these are part of the general hidden costs in the running of a grass-roots football club which mount up every season.

‘That money can then be put to other equipment to help with the club’s running.’