Supermarket clients sign Games' flag

GERMARI HERSELMAN
Last updated 08:56 17/07/2014
Aaron Branks
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GOOD LUCK: Talia Craddock, 12, signs a New Zealand flag at Blenheim Countdown to wish the Commonwealth Games team well.

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Marlburians have been signing a New Zealand flag being sent to the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team in Glasgow to wish them well.

Blenheim Countdown was selected as one of 10 stores nationally to be sent a flag, and by lunchtime yesterday it was covered with messages of support.

People wanting to add their words of encouragement had to look carefully for an open space.

Countdown Blenheim assistant store manager Aaron Reynolds said he was glad to see the community fill the flag so quickly in support of the New Zealand team.

The flag had to be couriered to Auckland by today to reach Glasgow in time.

Talia Craddock, 12, of Blenheim, thought the flag was a great idea.

"It's very cool to think our sport stars will read our messages, I wished them good luck and told them to go hard," she said.

Blenheim man Graham Evans was excited to sign the flag and told the team to "give them a taste of Kiwi", echoing the lyrics of a rugby league song from the 1980s.

"I hoped it would put a smile on their faces when they need it and maybe even get them humming the song," he said.

Woodbourne man Shane Hoare said he thought it was a brilliant idea. He wrote, "Good luck Kiwis, do yourself proud".

"It is great to encourage everyone over there and remind them that everyone back home is supporting and excited with them," he said.

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- The Marlborough Express

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