Sheffield Jo’s driving the flag for Jubilee

Jolene Simpson of  Askew Court Stocksbridge with' Union Jack'  decorated car
Jolene Simpson of Askew Court Stocksbridge with' Union Jack' decorated car

THE flag is always flying for Jo Simpson - who’s taken Jubilee and Olympic fever to new heights by having her car bonnet painted with a giant union jack.

Jo, aged 30, said she had her red Peugeot 305 resprayed as she ‘wanted to do something different’ - adding her novel idea has won the approval of neighbours on Askew Court, Stocksbridge.

The car was painted by Jolene’s partner Zak Hussain, 40, who did the job armed with only a spray can and a roll of duct tape.

“It’s pretty good actually, quite neat,” said the mum-of-two. “A lot of people think it’s a transfer. It was just a mad thought, really. I thought it was something a bit different. Everybody is going on about the Queen’s Jubilee so I thought I would do something.”

Jo said she decided to overhaul the Y-reg motor because she was didn’t like its original colour, and that Zak honed his painting skills in his college days, when he studied art and design.

“I’m not that patriotic, really. I bought this car and it had a silver bonnet on it. I thought to myself, how can I make it look better?

“With the jubilee coming up and the 2012 Olympics there’ll be a lot of Union Jacks around. Everybody says it looks cool, you do get a lot of people looking at it. It’s not every day you see a car with a Union Jack on the bonnet. It might give other people ideas as well to do something different.”

Jo, who has a 10-year-old son, Danny, and a five-year-old daughter, Alishah, said the car will take pride of place beside the bunting and trestle tables at a Stocksbridge street party for the Jubilee.

“I was already planning that before I did the car,” she added.