Paul flies the flag for Jersey at Glastonbury in front of millions

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IT had world-famous stars and extravagant staging, not to mention some amazing songs, but there was something else which caught the eye of many Islanders watching Glastonbury on the television over the weekend…

The Jersey flag was flying high and proud among the crowds thanks to 55-year-old financial planner and ardent music fan Paul Alker.

Mr Alker, whose wife Marcia owns costume shop Fancy Dress Box on Colomberie, explained: ‘She sells the Jersey flag. I’ve always watched Glastonbury on TV and I’ve seen all flags flying there.

‘I may be wrong, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Jersey flag.

‘I thought I would take the opportunity. I’ve got this expandable flagpole, so it packs easily into a rucksack.’

He flew the flag in front of Paul McCartney, George Ezra, the Pet Shop Boys, Elbow and Skunk Anansie, among others.

‘I flew it at quite a few of the stages – it was easy to carry around.’

And Mr Alker found it attracted a lot of attention.

‘People would come up and say, “Oh, you’re from Jersey. My best friend’s from Jersey,” or “My uncle lives in Jersey” or “My dad’s from Jersey.”

‘A lot of people recognised it. Other people would ask: “What’s that flag?”’

It was Mr Alker’s first visit to Glastonbury in 29 years. He was last there in 1993, aged 26, and observed: ‘It was massively different. It has just grown and grown.

‘A lot of the musicians seemed really pleased to be performing in front of big crowds again. That came across very strongly.’

And having successfully promoted the Island this weekend he is keen to return next year.

He added: ‘Maybe Visit Jersey would pay for the ticket!’

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