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Public asked for views after Spinnaker design u-turn

The people of Portsmouth are being asked for their views about what the city's iconic Spinnaker Tower should look like after plans to paint it in the red and white colours of arch rivals Southampton were dropped.

It follows an online petition, signed by almost ten thousand people.

Council leader Donna Jones announced a review of the plan which, in her words, will better reflect the city's own football team, the Royal Navy and local heritage. Emma Wilkinson reports:


Petition against repainting Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower gains momentum

Petition against repainting Spinnaker Tower gains momentum Credit: ITV News Meridian

A petition against repainting Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower red and white as part of a sponsorship deal now has more than five-thousand signatures.

The petition was started by a Pompey football fan who's unhappy that the tower will be painted in the colours of rival club Southampton. The council says the deal with Emirates will raise more than three and a half million pounds.

Portsmouth Spinnaker Tower to turn colour of arch rivals Southampton

This is how the red and white tower will look Credit: Emirates

Fans of Portsmouth Football Club will be pig sick after it was announced that the city's Spinnaker Tower is being turned red and white - the colour of arch rivals Southampton!

It's one of the most recognisable landmarks in the South and will be now be sponsored by Emirates.

An artist's impression of The Spinnaker Tower that will now be red and white Credit: ITV Meridian

At a press conference a short time ago it was revealed that the colour change was part of the rebrand.

They handed over naming rights to the airline company from Dubai this morning.

The rebranding of the tower is set to be in place by July.

But it's likley to get a frosty reception from Portsmouth fans, whose team plays in blue and white

How the tower looks at the moment Credit: PA


Firefighters discover smouldering drawer stuffed with cigarette ends

Firefighters discover smouldering drawer stuffed with cigarette ends Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth Credit: Chris Ison/PA

Cigarette butts disposed of in a bathroom drawer caused a fire alert at Gunwharf Quays this morning.

Residents on the eighth floor were woken by the sound of a smoke alarm just before 6am and crews from Cosham and Southsea were called to the residential tower at East Side Plaza, better known as the Lipstick Tower.

Smoke was discovered on the floor and firefighters in breathing apparatus traced the fire to a bathroom in one of the flats, where a drawer stuffed with cigarette ends was smouldering.

The firefighters were able to remove the drawer and extinguish the smouldering fire before it spread any further. The resident of the flat had managed to escape having been alerted by the smoke alarm and no-one was injured in the incident.

Video shows Gosport MP scale Spinnaker for charity

A Gosport MP has abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth to raise money for the MS Society.

MP Caroline Dinenage also took on the Tower with her husband MP Mark Lancaster on Saturday 24th May.

Caroline abseiled to raise money for her local constituencies in Gosport and the MS Society- a week after her dad abseiled the tower with 100-year-old Doris.

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