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HUGE UNION JACK TO BE REPAINTED AHEAD OF ROYAL VISIT

An impending visit by the Queen means an Isle of Wight boat yard will be given a fresh paint job.

The 46-metre by 12-metre union jack on the side of Venture Quays in Cowes is billed as the biggest representation of the flag in the world, so it tends to attract some tourists during their Isle of Wight breaks.

Due to the royal visit on July 25th, the image is due to be completely repainted with the help of several famous faces, including Dame Ellen MacArthur, reported yachtingmonthly.com. For holidaymakers, it means the flag will look as good as new.

It was first painted in 1977 to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, so it is appropriate that it should be revitalised as she marks her Diamond Jubilee year.

According to ventnorblog.com, pictures of the paintwork taking place will be posted on a special Facebook page and a Twitter account has been set up for the initiative as well.

It is not only celebrities who will help repaint the boat yard. The news provider explained: “Their efforts will be boosted by the local community from the Isle of Wight including school children from the Holy Cross School in East Cowes, the East Cowes Mayor Jane Rann and local artist Lynn Young, already famed for her selection of union flag paintings.”