A life-long Liverpool fan was left stunned after he received a letter from anonymous neighbours telling him to take down his Liverpool flags because they were bringing down the tone of their "sought after" area.

Neil Birchall, 47, lives in Eccleston Park in Prescot and decided to hang two Liverpool flags outside his house, ahead of the Champions League final next Saturday.

When the Reds reached the final in Kiev last year Neil hung banners on his conifers and went "all out", but has reined it in a bit this year - with his home sporting just a couple of banners.

So Neil was stunned to have a letter pushed through his letterbox this week, asking him to remove the two flags because they were something you'd see on a "council estate."

A GOING TO MADRID! flag. Picture Andrew Teebay

The letter writer was also concerned it could affect house prices, as they tried to keep the area "sought after" for housebuyers.

Speaking to the ECHO Neil, who has lived on the estate for almost 13 years, said: "I thought it was one of my friends on the wind-up, but I've called everyone I know and they say it's not them.

 

"I couldn't believe it when I read it, I thought it was a joke, there's one other house with flags up on the estate, but I only have two up on my house.

"No one said anything about the flags last year and I didn't get any letters then, so I don't know if it's someone who'd just moved into the area.

"I've shown it to everyone and they can't believe it, it's worded very strangely."

According to the owners the flags are among the most popular items for sale

Neil is driving to Madrid to watch the final on Saturday night with two others and is planning to keep the flags up while he's in the Spanish capital.

Since receiving the letter Neil has put another flag up in a show of defiance.

 

He added: "The flags will be staying up. When we got the letter my lad was sad, because he thought we would have to take them down, but I'm not taking them down."

The letter in full

Dear Residents

I am writing to you today on behalf of some of your fellow neighbours and surrounding residents.

Some of us are very proud our local team has reached a final in Europe and we are all very passionate about it.

Some of us are lucky enough to be going also, some not so.

However we are proud members of Eccleston Park and it's beautiful surroundings.

We like to stand out and keep this suburb as sought after as possible.

As a homeowner yourself surely you can understand that hanging flags outside windows is something of maybe a council estate or inner city style promotion.

Some of our friends are selling their property and think this could have a financial factor on the price of their home.

As a spokesperson for most of our neighbours I am a Red and I do hope we get our hands on that trophy, especially for our city.

As a spokesperson I am also asking that you refrain from the bunting surrounding football.

Many thanks for understanding and we wish you luck in your travel to Madrid

Lets make our area the best. Feel free to join our community and get involved with local events and news.

Yours Sincerely

Your Neighbourhood

Read More

Top news stories