A life-long Manchester United fan has won a row with his local council over plans to paint his house electric blue – the colour of bitter local rivals City.
Dedicated Edward Bowkett, 61, was furious when he discovered his terraced home was going to be painted blue as part of an overhaul of the street.
Edward, who grew up in Manchester and has supported The Reds since he was four, pleaded with his housing association not to go ahead with plans to paint it blue.
And they finally caved in and have now agreed to paint the three bedroom house – which he shares with wife Suzanne – white.
Edward, from Peasedown St. John, near Bath, Somerset, said: ”I’ve supported United my whole life and grew up watching them as a lad.
”There is no way on this earth I was going to have my home painted the same colour as their biggest rivals City.
”The shade of blue they are using is virtually the exact same that City use as their strip so, naturally I objected.
”I don’t want to have to walk into my house every day and be confronted by the colour of their strip.”
Dad-of-six Edward, who is registered disabled after suffering a series of strokes, is a lifelong fan of Manchester United – nicknamed The Red Devils.
But he was stunned when he saw workmen painted houses in the area sky blue – the colour of bitter rivals – six weeks ago.
He immediately contacted housing association Somer and last week had a meeting at which he staunchly refused to have his home the same colour.
And last weekend, workmen visited the property and painted the house white, despite others owned by the housing association being painted blue.
He added: ”My brother’s a City fan and he gives me enough stick. I dread to think what he would have said if my house was painted blue.
”I’d never hear the end of it.
”Quite apart from the Man City thing it’s an awful colour that looks as though it belongs on a Smurf.
”It is also like a big sign announcing you live in social housing, which I think is unnecessary and unfair.”
Richard James, assistant director of Somer, said: ”The colour scheme at Frederick Avenue is made up of shades of blue that was chosen through an evening consultation event with residents.
”All residents were also informed of the chosen colour scheme prior to the work commencing.
”We will continue with the current scheme that residents are generally pleased with, but will agree alternatives with residents who are unhappy with the chosen colour.”