A huge St George’s flag has been unfurled on Nottingham’s Council House today to celebrate England’s historic win in the ICC Cricket World Cup yesterday.
The 18m by 8m (60ft by 26ft) flag covers most of the building’s frontage in honour of the remarkable win over New Zealand at Lord’s.
The flag is the one used by the Council to celebrate St George’s Day every year, and to mark other national sporting events. Nottingham firm Fast Graphics has kindly agreed to install it on the Council House for free.
In one of the most incredible moments in sporting history, the home side triumphed through a deciding Super Over after the two teams completed the match with scores locked on 241 runs each.
Nottingham staged five World Cup matches at Trent Bridge earlier in the tournament, which proved a fantastic success. This included hosting England and Pakistan in the opening stages.
Thousands of visitors flocked into the city, providing a huge financial boost to local businesses. Old Market Square also played host to the official CWC Fanzone and hundreds of families took part in cricket fun and games.
Councillor David Mellen, Leader of Nottingham City Council, said: “I don’t think anyone who witnessed the drama of yesterday’s game will ever forget what they saw. Huge congratulations to the England team, and commiserations to the New Zealand players who contributed so much to this historic match.
“It was a fitting end to a fantastic tournament and we were very proud that Nottingham played its part. Hosting international matches at Trent Bridge is always special, and we really enjoyed seeing so many people of different nationalities coming together to enjoy themselves in our city.
“Putting up a flag on the Council House today was just our way of acknowledging England’s magnificent achievement in becoming world champions for the first time, and also marking the fact that Nottingham played its part in such a successful tournament on home soil.”