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Peak hills alive to cries of ‘C’mon England!

A giant England football sign has appeared on a Peak District hillside above the picturesque village of Chelmorton nr Buxton

A giant England football sign has appeared on a Peak District hillside above the picturesque village of Chelmorton nr Buxton

Football fans across the nation will soon be shouting from the rooftops in support of Rooney, Gerrard and Co.

But as the excitement nears fever pitch, members of a small community on the outskirts of Buxton have taken their support for the national team’s World Cup bid to a whole different level!

As Roy Hodgson’s men flew to Miami for final preparations ahead of the month-long tournament in Brazil, a giant England sign and flag appeared high on a hillside overlooking the picturesque village of Chelmorton.

The brainchild of local resident Phil Swindell, the huge stone lettering and cross of St George on the family-owned land can be seen from far and wide.

“There was about 15 of us involved in total - the youngest was five-years-old and the oldest was 70, all locals or from the surrounding area,” the builder explained.

“We’ve had plenty of comments from people who have seen it. We even had people asking if we were going to do it.

“This is the fourth time we’ve attempted something like this. It’s just a nice way to put Chelmorton on the map, and we all love football so it’s great to send some encouragement to the lads as they head to Rio.”

The patriotic sign - in the style of one of Neil Buchanan’s famous massive Art Attack displays - took two days to complete, using 15 bags of hydrated lime and ten gallons of glue. Red spray paint was also used to create the St George’s Cross.

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