A SCOTTISH flag has been placed in an English housing estate which is celebrating the start of the Euros - as a tribute to a Scot who sadly died. 

Residents on the Kirby Estate in Bermondsey, south-east London, have covered the area in England flags ahead of the nation's first Euros 2020 match on Sunday.

They spent the past few days putting up bunting and laying flags over their balconies, as well as sticking them on street lamps and to walls just days before the delayed football tournament kicks off.

But among the decorations is a lone Saltire flag which is sentimental to one resident.

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Chris Dowse, 42, explained: “The chap who lives there, his dad was English and his mum was Scottish. They’ve both sadly passed away in the last 18 months or so, so he’s put the Scottish flag up on one side, to honour his mum, and England flag up on the other side.

“We’ve got a Portuguese flag up at the moment, we’re due to have a German one, French and Spanish. What we’ve always said is ‘If you wanna put your flag up, as long as you’re in the Championships or the World Cup, get the flag and we’ll put it up for you.’”

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Mr Dowse, who works in the hospitality industry, said people first began showing their patriotic side during the Euros in 2012.

He said: “I came home one night and saw one of my neighbours, Alan, had put a couple of flags up. I thought ‘Oh, that looks nice’, and I looked over to the other block and saw a lady had also put a couple of flags up.

“It just didn’t look finished, so I said to Alan ‘Let’s go get some more.’ “So we ended up buying more and more and more. Then one side was complete but Geraldine’s (another neighbour) side wasn’t.

“So we all came together and said ‘Right, we’re doing it properly and we’ll have the whole estate done.’ In 2018 that was the first time the entire estate had a flag on it.”

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Mr Dowse said the football fever has also spread to a nearby estate where residents previously felt “left out”, so he and his neighbours have put up flags for them too.

“We’ve always had a positive reaction, we’ve always gone to the neighbours just to make sure they’re OK with us doing it, and if they don’t want a flag up we just won’t put one up,” he added.

“Online, we’ve had 98% positive comments, and then you get the odd idiot who wants to associate it with all sorts of stuff and it’s just not like that at all.”

Mr Dowse said the estate has already been visited by a few tourists from Portsmouth, and anyone else who wants to have a look is welcome to drop by.